Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Whew, the past couple of weeks have flown by - I can't believe Mia will be three weeks old already this weekend! Every day feels so short - probably because our "day" is less than 12 hours since we're up so much at night. Mia has actually been pretty great at sleeping so far, she just usually likes to have a little feeding party for about three hours straight in the middle of the night. 

Are you excited about March Madness? I think Jeff just about peed his pants in excitement when he realized his paternity leave would include the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. We've been watching tons of basketball leading up to the tournament so I actually feel the most prepped I ever have. Hopefully that's reflected in my bracket! 

I've been shopping like crazy the past couple of weeks, partially because I'm excited to shop for a normal sized body again, and partially because I've been logging a lot of hours on my phone during those marathon eating sessions. I have a ton of great finds to share so I had to pop in with a few of them today! You had better believe I've already ordered the pink striped top and the rattan earrings. For the top, definitely size up if you're busty. I initially ordered a large and while it fit, it was more of a crop top on me. Fingers crossed the XL is better! 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mia's Birth Story



Can you read her little onesie?? 😂😂It was a gift from one of my friends and I. Can't. Even. 



I always love reading birth stories, don't you? There's always a little drama and excitement, and of course a happy ending.

I personally was really apprehensive about labor. I'm a pretty big wimp and was worried I wouldn't be able to handle it. Plus I have really narrow hips, and had been told by multiple random people that I might have a struggle with delivery. Which really, if you're talking to a stranger, maybe don't ever tell her that. I tried not to think about it too much, but I definitely was worried - especially when I was told at my last ultrasound to expect a 10 pound baby!


So, that takes us to Saturday the 2nd. Around 3 in the morning, I thought I might be having one of those slow trickle water breaking scenarios. I tried to keep sleeping but was getting up repeatedly to check. Around 7am I started feeling contractions, and while they weren't strong right off the bat they were every four minutes lasting a minute or longer. For those of you who haven't had a baby, there's a rule called 4-1-1 for when you should go to the hospital, which is a contraction every four minutes lasting for one minute for at least one hour. Jeff woke up around 8:30 and I told him I had already hit the 4-1-1 rule, and he basically freaked out and leapt out of bed, started packing everything and showering and trying to rush me into the car. I knew things weren't quite ready so I held him off for a while by taking my time showering and eating, but by 10:00 we had called the doctor and gotten the okay to go into the hospital.

At the hospital they checked me in and hooked me up to all of the machines, and the nurse told me she was also convinced my water had broken. But then she ran all of the tests they can do to check, and they all came back negative! I was still having those 4-1-1 contractions but was clearly smiling and laughing through them plus I was only dilated 1cm, so after staying to be observed for an hour we were sent home and told to come back when I felt like I needed pain medication.

I was pretty miserable at being sent back home. I talked about this on Instagram but don't think I mentioned here that I was diagnosed with a PUPPP rash at 39 weeks, which by 41 weeks was completely covering my arms, belly, and legs and was insanely itchy. Any time I got the least bit warm it would be worse. Basically the only way I could be comfortable was with the ceiling fans on, laying on a sheet on the couch in shorts and a tee shirt with ice packs, and taking a cold shower every couple hours. So that's how I spent Saturday while watching hours of television as my contractions got stronger. They never got to a point where I couldn't talk or breathe through them but I was moaning loudly through each one. At 10:30pm we decided to call the doctor again, and she told us to come back in.

The second go-round we were just crossing our fingers we wouldn't be sent home, and luckily they admitted me right away and almost immediately transferred us to the delivery room even though I was only 2.5cm dilated. I got an epidural right away, which was a little scary (especially since they made Jeff leave the room!) but was incredible once it started working, which is basically immediately. I literally almost tipped off the bed because I didn't realize my legs were numb already! I did shake a bit from the medication but really, that was my only negative side effect. The best part about the epidural was that my belly and legs stopped itching!

After the epidural, they broke my water and said the baby had pooped in the amniotic fluid, which meant the pediatrician team would need to be on hand for delivery as she may have swallowed some of it. They said it wasn't something to worry about and that she would probably take a minute to cry after she came out, but it still made me nervous. At that point Jeff got to come back and put on some calming piano music for me, and the nurses started me on pitocin to speed things along. The piano music really zen-ed me out and I napped for a couple hours on and off as people came in and out of the room. I'm pretty sure Jeff just stared at me the whole time.


Illegal delivery room photo - do we look ready to go? 

Around 7am and after a few hours of pitocin, the nurses started getting a little worried. The baby's heartbeat was dropping a little after each contraction, which isn't something they like to see. They started backing me off the pitocin, and laid me on my back to check the dilation. They said I was now 8-9cm dilated, but after they checked me the baby's heartbeat really dropped. I didn't really know what was happening as they immediately had me move onto my hands and knees and start breathing into an oxygen mask, but Jeff said one of the nurses pushed a button and within 30 seconds about 15 people ran into the room ready to wheel me off for an emergency c-section! It was a scary couple of minutes, but the heartbeat did go back up.

They took me completely off the pitocin at this point and my contractions basically stopped, and we were left to rest again as they slowly reintroduced the pitocin. Around 11:30am they said I was 9.5cm and juuuuust about ready to deliver. Of course, then my doctor had to go deliver another baby and perform a c-section, so she didn't come back until 1:30pm, at which point they lifted my leg and Jeff said he could already see the baby's head! Everyone got into place and I got the okay to start pushing.


Our first family photo 💗


This probably isn't what you want to hear, but with the epidural I thought the pushing wasn't terribly hard. They have you push in sets of three and while by the third I definitely wasn't pushing quite as hard, but she still basically shot out of there. After only 35 minutes of pushing, we had a baby girl! She cried right away so didn't have to be taken care of by the pediatric team after all. They passed her to me for some skin to skin time and I immediately started crying. I couldn't believe that we were parents to this perfect little beautiful baby girl. And really, I still can't - I may or may not have cried looking at her again just yesterday. We love you Mia Lynne, and are so lucky to have you in our lives!!




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Friday, March 8, 2019

Mia Lynne


Guess who decided to finally make an appearance!

Mia Lynne was born on Sunday, March 3rd, clocking in at 8 pounds 13 ounces and 21.5 inches long. Looks like she's going to be tall like her mommy and daddy! We are a little sleep deprived but so in love over here. I'll share more about her birth later, just wanted to hop in quickly and share a few photos of baby girl - cheeks for days!

BTW, my robe and Mia's headband and swaddle are all from MilkMaid Goods.









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Friday, March 1, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday! As of writing this (a couple of days in advance) I'm STILL pregnant but there is an end in sight - I'm getting induced on Monday if the baby doesn't make an appearance before then. If you can't tell, I've had one thing on the brain lately (you know, besides birthing a child) and that is some warmer weather! I keep almost ordering that swimsuit because, I mean, how freaking adorable, but then I remember I'm still pregnant and should probably wait a couple months to buy a swimsuit until I'm closer to my normal size. Here are the rest of my finds for the week:

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $350, which may seem like a lot to some and a little to others, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2018 budget here.

Oh hey there! I'm writing this waaaaaay in advance so it's definitely possible I've bought more in February, but I thought I'd share what I've purchased so far! My favorite is definitely that sweatshirt - so cute and high end looking in person! I'm also loving the leopard espadrilles. They were on my wishlist all last year and seeing that they were running out of sizes made me finally pull the trigger. They started off really tight, but in wearing them around the house they have stretched out a little so I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep them - may do a few more walks to make sure!

Here's what I purchased in February:

J.Crew Factory Earrings - originally $24.50, on sale $14.50. I bought the non-Factory version of these two years and pink and wore the heck out of them (like here and here), they provide the look of a statement earring but are impossibly light and are really easy to pack for trips. So obviously I had to snag another pair when I saw they were back at such a great price!
J.Crew Factory "Le Weekend" Sweatshirt - originally $69.50, on sale $39.50, used rewards $34.50. It's hard to tell trying this on with a pregnant belly, but it fits really well now so I'm hoping it'll look good postpartum too! Very cute and luxe looking in person, perfect (le) weekend wear ;)
Target Necklace - $16.99. I realized I forgot to add this to my January budget post, so here it is now. This was one of those impulse buys but I've worn it a ton already so it was definitely worth it! It's the right length on me (not always the case with long necklaces) and seemingly goes with everything. It looks to be going in and out of stock, but there is also a silver version.
J.Crew Necklace - originally $39.50, on sale $27.65. I've loved big tortoiseshell jewelry for a few years now but never pulled the trigger on anything, but this was one of those "OMG I MUST ORDER THIS IMMEDIATELY" pieces. It is so gorgeous in person and just the right size - not gigantic (like the bubble necklaces of years past ;) but still substantial.
J.Crew Factory Pom Pom Scarf - originally $39.50, on sale $23.50. I realized putting this away that I already own two scarves that are exactly the same color - whoops! The pom poms are so cute though (and I'm figuring this will double as a nice nursing cover) so I decided to keep it anyway.
J.Crew Factory Kiss Tee - originally $39.50, on sale $13.95. I resisted and resisted this tee shirt, mostly because I definitely do not need another black and white graphic tee with words on it. But when it went on super sale with free shipping, I just couldn't resist ;)
Sam Edelman Espadrilles - $99.95. These are so cute in person, I can't wait to wear them this summer!

Total Spent: $231.04
Total Saved: $98.40

In March I'm guessing I'll be shopping for some springier clothes once I start to get a feel for what size I'll be wearing, because I'm dying for some warmer weather over here and fun spring clothes are always an outlet for me.

Did you budget in February? Any good finds?



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Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Finds

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Maternity Leave!


Today I'm 39 weeks (+2 days) pregnant and am officially on maternity leave from work! I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with myself if the baby doesn't come soon, since I could potentially be pregnant for two more weeks. And yes, it is exactly two more weeks because my doctor is scheduling an induction for March 4th if the baby isn't here by then. I guess there will be a lot more naps and a lot of getting stuff done around the house since I'm in full-on nesting mode! Plus probably a lot of reading and hanging at my neighborhood coffee shops. One thing I definitely don't want to spend too much time on the computer so I've decided it's time for maternity leave from the blogosphere too. I anticipate getting bored so it's possible there will be a post here or there, but definitely not 5x a week! If you want to follow along with what I'm getting up to, be sure to follow me on Instagram. And I'll definitely pop back in post-baby to share some pictures!! Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a lot of lounging to do ;)



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Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! And, happy last day of work for me - my maternity leave starts on Monday! So crazy!! I'm hoping the baby comes sooner rather than later so I'm not sitting at home too long, since I really don't know what I'll do with myself if I end up waiting for two weeks.

I've started getting excited about shopping for regular clothes again, and that "Le Weekend" sweatshirt is already en route to my house ;) I'm also really loving that leopard sweater, I've been stalking it to see if it goes on sale. Watch out wallet, I'm coming for you!

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!


Tee - Gap / Maternity Coat (sold out!) - Old Navy / Maternity Leggings - Blanqi / Booties - Steve Madden / Earrings (similar) - BaubleBar / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Bag - Tory & Burch


Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you're feeling loved today <3 <3 <3

We took these photos over the weekend during a surprise snowstorm (or at least, it surprised us!) and it ended up being too cold and windy and wet to take any more photos than this or to take my coat off. You know, gotta protect that little baby! But just know that this tee is supposed to be for nursing, but it has a wrap front that actually stays closed over my cleavage and isn't too too deep. Plus it's not one of those weird nursing tops that definitely looks like a nursing top with slits in the sides or a weird opening in the front, I think this is something you could wear anytime. Oh and it's only $25 - win!





Tee - Gap / Maternity Coat (sold out!) - Old Navy / Maternity Leggings - Blanqi / Booties - Steve Madden / Earrings (similar) - BaubleBar / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Bag - Tory & Burch





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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Maternity Staples for a Winter Pregnancy

When I found out I was pregnant, my goal in terms of maternity clothing was to buy enough that I would be comfortable, but to really try to limit my spending. Being pregnant in the winter is really different than the summer, as I was able to keep a lot of sweaters in rotation and layer up to change up what I'm wearing every day. I think I actually only managed to buy two actual maternity tops and at 38 weeks am still doing fine, so that's a win for me! So what have my staples been?


Old Navy Maternity Tees - I love these tee shirts, as they are really inexpensive and are flattering. I ended up buying four staple tees in black and white with short sleeve and long sleeve options, as well as a striped tee to mix things up a little. I initially thought I wouldn't buy the ruched style of maternity tee since they aren't really something you can wear post-pregnancy. But, once I hit around month six I started wanting to show off the bump more (and make sure people really knew I was pregnant!) and the side ruching is really flattering and lets you still have a waist along with your baby bump.


Non-Maternity Tunics
 - Even now, at 38 weeks, my tunic length non-maternity tops and sweaters are still pulling their weight! My favorite is definitely this convertible tunic sweater, which in theory you could wear off-the-shoulder but I never have. The length is still great on me, and it's so versatile it can work for a date, a night out, work, or the weekend. Oh, plus it's amazingly soft like pajamas so I want to wear it all the time.


Non-Maternity Cardigans - In case you haven't been able to tell from my increasingly less varied style posts, I've been wearing cardigans almost every day for the past few months. Some of my favorites are from Old Navy, Madewell, Nordstrom, and this one I snagged from Target last month.


Amazon Maternity Dress - I needed something dressy to wear for my baby showers and a couple of holiday events, and am so glad I found this maternity dress! It was really inexpensive, flattering, and thanks to the color and cut worked layered under so many things to give me a different look every time I wore it.


Old Navy Premium Maternity Jeans - As someone who has always carried more weight in my midsection, I was ready to dive into the world of maternity jeans right away! I mean, really, I may never go back haha ;) These full-panel jeans didn't quite fit at the beginning of my pregnancy but all the sudden in month eight they started staying up on my bump and getting really comfortable. I love that they have the band start under the regular waistband of the jeans, which makes them look a lot more normal. I did forget about how big sizing runs at Old Navy, so if you're looking for maternity jeans for the beginning of your pregnancy definitely size down! I tried a ton of brands for maternity jeans, and these were the only that came in a long enough length for me but didn't have a crazy high inseam.

Everly Gray Maternity Jeans - I loved these at the beginning of my pregnancy, as they had a full stretchy waistband at the top that was really comfortable, but didn't have any issues staying up while my bump was still small (read: non-existent).


Blanqi Leggings - I tried (and returned) a lot of maternity leggings, going from lower-end at Amazon and Target up to hundred dollar plus Spanx leggings, and these ended up being my favorites. They are opaque, they stay up no problem (when my bump was small too) and they are long enough for my very long legs. But, are they the perfect maternity legging? Definitely no, as they pill really easily. The instructions say to be careful about how you wash them to avoid pilling, but mine have pilled before they even make it to the wash. I've been through a few pairs, and currently have my nice, rarely worn still-look-like-new pair as well as a couple pairs that are really pilled that I wear around the house or only with longer tops and sweaters.


Old Navy Maternity Coat (sold out) - I initially wondered what other people did for coats in the winter - it seemed so wasteful to buy something new that I would only ever wear for a couple of months. It sounds like some people wear their husbands coats or try to get by with their regular coats, but in Chicago (with some serious winter weather this year!) that was not going to cut it. I ended up deciding to look for something inexpensive that would work well enough to get me through. I was pleasantly surprised by a puffer I snagged from Old Navy (which is sadly now sold out - noooo!). It's lined in fleece so it's really warm, and it has an adjustable tab at the waist so you don't end up looking like a total marshmallow. Definitely size down in this also, the first one I ordered was gigantic.


J.Crew Chateau Parka - This is my regular "nice" winter coat, and I'm amazed that at 38 weeks the swingy cut still fits over the bump! I know some people can manage through a whole winter in this weight of coat, but for me it isn't quite warm enough for commuting via public transit - I only reach for it if the temperature is going to be above freezing.







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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Little Pink for Valentine's Day


Maternity Tee and Coat (sold out noooo!) - Old Navy / Sweater (similar) - LOFT / Maternity Leggings - Blanqi / Boots - L.L.Bean / Bag (similar here and here) - Sole Society / Necklace - Target


I'm 38 weeks along this week - nine and a half months!! We temporarily thought we would be inducing next Monday and I was starting to get really excited about meeting baby girl, but we ended up not being able to get a spot. I guess we'll just keep waiting and see when she decides to make an appearance. You know, like every other baby in history ;) I've been feeling pretty uncomfortable for the last few weeks - I just don't think my torso is long enough to accommodate this little girl! But I still feel like I don't look as pregnant as I thought I would - I always figured my belly would be a lot bigger! (Jeff is at least humoring me by agreeing with that opinion haha ;) I just feel like people still don't always realize I'm pregnant! I literally was talking to a coworker last Friday about how I wouldn't be at an upcoming event, and he thought it was because I was taking a vacation. Like, no buddy, my maternity leave starts in a week ;) It probably doesn't help that it's sweater weather, all of the layers tend to cover things up. 

This is the time of year when I start getting bored with outfits in general (I'm pretty sure last February through April I just cycled through the same five sweaters every week) but having my maternity mix and match wardrobe of tees and layers is helping a little. A little pink and white are feeling perfectly pretty as we lead up to Valentine's Day. 

I'm not super into the holiday, and always struggle to decide what to do. I loved when we had a cute neighborhood restaurant across the street from us so we could just slush over there (usually in terrible Chicago winter weather) and escape all of the crowds and fighting for cabs and whatnot. This year, we're going to go a little low key - Jeff is going to be cooking something at home on Valentine's Day itself, and we'll go out to dinner the next night instead. That is, as long as we don't have a baby by then! 

Are you into Valentine's Day? Have any fun plans?? 








Maternity Tee and Coat (sold out noooo!) - Old Navy / Sweater (similar) - LOFT / Maternity Leggings - Blanqi / Boots - L.L.Bean / Bag (similar here and here) - Sole Society / Necklace - Target





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