It has been nearly three weeks now that I've had my baby and it has been a whirlwind of emotions. While I am so blissfully in love with her and with being a mom, I have found myself pulling towards the opposite end of the spectrum. I know baby blues are very common, and I think my struggle with Breastfeeding has a lot to do with my feelings of inadequacy and anxiousness. After you have your baby, you just have such a rush of hormones where you find yourself feeling a certain way and have no control over it.
Dress c/o Shop Pink Blush (all opinions are my own, I picked out this adorable dress to review & obviously rock it in my wardrobe!)
Accepting your Postpartum body is a huge wave of emotions all tied into one look in the mirror. You are already a jumble of emotions and to mix in sleep deprivation, caring for a new baby, and then having to accept your new body; it can be overwhelming. I look down with pride at my stretch marks and think of the long hard journey it was for these markings to become part of my appearance. I prayed so hard for this baby and I would take any aftermath with humble gratitude. I know stretch marks tend to tear away at mothers' confidence thinking they look less beautiful and are now imperfect because of these markings. I know it's easier said than done to look at your stomach or thighs and think "oh man this is beautiful", but they are. Your body made room for a baby and stretched itself to its limits to accommodate them. How magnificent is it that our bodies can work in such a way that creates a life?
You may not lose all of the weight as quickly as you seemed to gain it, but that's okay. Your health and sanity greatly outweigh those few extra pounds that helped support your baby's journey on this earth.
I know I personally am having a time accepting my new body, I have always been small and it was a bit hard for me going through the pregnancy and seeing the numbers go up. Not because I expected to be one hundred pounds and still somehow grow a baby, but it was just hard psychologically to experience that change and accept it.
For me, I have been cautious of the psychological damage putting on my pre pregnancy clothes could do. I have been wearing a lot of my maternity clothes, but also relying a lot on more loose fitting clothes that I can be comfortable in. I know this may seem so simple, but avoiding your smaller clothes can make a world of a difference and it's one less thing for me to stress about and let's me focus my energy on my baby! I feel happier because not only am I getting dressed in the morning but I can focus more on being happy and accepting my new body.
As a new mom, I cherish the times that we are getting out of the house and I switch out of my nursing robes (I alternate between my two from Shop Pink Blush, they are so comfy!) and put on real clothes for the day ha ha! I love the fall time and it works perfectly that this is the season of layers and more loose fit clothing! Use the colder months to your advantage mamas!
I adore this dress from Shop Pink Blush and know I'll be styling it a lot during this fall season. This outfit was super comfy throughout our entire day. I pumped before we left and when we got back to his sister's house, so I know it's not the most nursing friendly look. I will have outfits soon that are though, so be on the look out! This dress is great for any woman honestly, I feel like it's so flattering and loose in the right places. I can't wait to dress it up and down this season, I have so many different ideas.
How would you style it?
Looking down at this little girl and having her snuggle up in my arms, makes the stretch marks and extra weight fade away. I made this and my body somehow carried an almost 9 pound baby which I think is a miracle in itself. You had a baby mama, don't feel in such a rush to go back to your pre baby body, your life is different now and that's a high expectation to put on yourself. You have a new life now, so look at all your stretchmarks, extra weight, and scars with pride that they all had a hand in making you a mom.
My family came into town this week and my mom was kind enough to take some maternity photos of me! Okay, let's be real: she insisted we take maternity photos haha! I am totally not complaining, because I have been dying to wear my new Pink Blush Maternity dress ever since I ordered it a few weeks ago. I am in love with the bohemian look and my mom and I had a vision for how we wanted everything.
I am so excited about how these turned out, and can't believe how big my belly is getting! We are in the homestretch, with me turning 33 weeks tomorrow. I really can't see myself making it full term, but I'm sure baby S will prove me wrong. We had an HD ultrasound this week and I didn't think it was possible to love her even more. Seeing her face so clearly was just amazing, but it is so hard to tell who she will look like! From some angles she would look like me, and others she looked so much like J. Guess we'll just see when she gets here!
Now how can you get the perfect bohemian maternity photoshoot? Read below!
Step 1: Find an earthy location
We went to a nearby spot that not only has a pond, but also an array of different trees. The background sets the stage for the mood of the photoshoot, so we went with a location that had a lot of earth tones and greenery.
Step Two: Wear a flowy dress
This dress has been on my wishlist for awhile, and I knew it would be so perfect for my photoshoot in mind! I didn't want a completely flowy dress that would hide my curves and bump, so this dress was a happy medium! It is tight in all the right places and the trim is very flowy and moves great for a photoshoot! You can purchase yours here.
Step Three: Add a headpiece
A flower crown, stone headpiece, or feathers are a great touch for a bohemian look! What's great about adding a headpiece is it can be personalized to your individual style and be the perfect accessory that won't take away from your dress. I got mine at Walmart, so you definitely don't have to go all out!
Step Four: Have loose curls or braids
To achieve a bohemian look, when styling your hair think loose. Do loose, flowy curls or a braid that is pulled apart. This will look effortless and add a softness to your ensemble. If you have your hair too perfect and styled it will take away from the overall look you are trying to achieve.
Step Five: Plan poses
My mom had a lot of screenshots of poses she wanted me to do just taken from Pinterest (like the one below!) and these are a great way for having a direction you want the photoshoot to go in. Having some standard poses and ideas will help you keep the overall boho & maternity look. And if you are anything like me, you may experience pregnancy brain too often to remember what you are wanting!
We are so overjoyed for this little girl to join our family next month! I can't wait for her to be here finally, but I have really enjoyed this pregnancy more than I ever thought I would. It has been a breeze and I have loved becoming a mom. When did you do your maternity photos? I would love to hear what you wore!
If you are still looking for the perfect dress for your maternity shoot, or any time in your pregnancy, I highly recommend this one from Pink Blush Maternity! They have other colors available too.
Have an amazing weekend everyone, we have an exciting announcement coming very soon!
I'll be the first to admit, I'm so not a jeans person. Most of the time you'll catch me in leggings or jeggings, but after going months with wearing shorts and sweatpants, I have been craving jeans to feel like a normal person again! I held off buying jeans for as long as I could, trying every trick imaginable, but sometimes you just need to cave and invest in a good pair of maternity jeans. And boy did I. Y'all know Shop Pink Blush Maternity has been my sole wardrobe and solace this pregnancy, and I quickly became obsessed with these fringe hemmed jeans.
We have hit the third trimester and I cannot believe I only have twelve weeks tops with this belly and will soon have a baby in my arms... What. It feels like just yesterday we were finding out I was pregnant.
I have been having so much fun buying new pieces and styling this bump, I know it's all a great investment because we plan on more babies (gimme all the babies!! Totally kidding, a handful is good).
These jeans in particular are super on trend, as the frayed hem is in right now and you can't go wrong with ripped jeans. I also love that they fit a little bit more snug, the shorts and pants I've found in the past were all pretty baggy and loose on me. I styled them on two separate occasions, and it felt so good to feel put together once more. I wore a gray tank with a oversized light cardigan, paired with my nude sandals and some silver accessories. Then, I was gifted this adorable lilac lace top from a friend, and I've been wearing it on repeat! I love this color so much at the moment, and kept it simple by adding my adorable white studded platform sandals and my bird necklace my mom gave me for my birthday. Overall simple looks, but so comfy and adorable for the summertime!
Thank you so much for reading and if you are in the market for maternity jeans, I highly recommend these!
The infamous "Pregnancy Glow". Any women who has been pregnant knows how coveted that pregnancy glow compliment is! Even when you feel like a total wreck or have zero energy, remember it's okay: you are growing a human! I have been very lucky to have such an easy pregnancy so far, but even with that being said, it's been rough on my body and sleep schedule. Here are some great ways to get that glow back or keep it there until baby arrives.
This has been my biggest struggle during this pregnancy, because I'm the type of person that needs my 9-10 hours of shut eye. BUT with a kicking little firecracker in me, I've lost a lot of sleep. Whether you are pregnant or not, sleep is so vital to your health and well-being. Find ways to get comfortable at night whether that include a fan, sound machine, 7 pillows, or a sleeping mask! If your schedule allows, try taking a short nap during the day to regain some energy.
Confidence Boosting Clothes
I'll be the first to admit, my body changing took it's toll on me. I would slip on a shirt that wouldn't cover my belly, or attempt to zip up a dress that fit perfectly before and almost lose my mind. It was hard to come to terms that it's not just my belly expanding, but my whole body is undergoing changes. I have relied heavily on Pink Blush Maternity not only for comfortable, well-fitting clothes, but also for confidence. They have such gorgeous pieces that don't look over the top maternity and are so on point with fashion trends. This cute little number can be found here. My absolute favorite color is teal and I felt so confident and beautiful in this outfit- which is something I have been missing for a little bit!
If you were heavily in the gym before, or a couch potato, staying active is so important to maintain that glow! I have found great prenatal yoga and exercises on youtube that make me feel so rejuvenated and regain my energy. If you aren't already, incorporate walks or simple exercises to keep your limbs stretched, as well as baby ready!
I think this may be a no brainer for most, but it's something I have to remind myself of daily! I have noticed a huge difference when I have water throughout the day and it's one of the best things you can do for you and baby. It is especially important to stay hydrated in the last trimester, but you should have a goal of drinking about 10 glasses a day. While having water is encouraged, having things that contain plenty of water too can help with your intake. Not only will staying hydrated give you that pregnancy glow, but it can also help keep swelling at bay.
This has been a huge struggle, because this old wive's tale is so true. She is stealing all of my "beauty" and I have been having breakouts and blemishes since finding out I was pregnant. I know it's not true for all, but this has put a huge damper on my overall pregnancy glow! ha I have been having to take extra care of my skin, washing it more thoroughly, using moisturizer, and making sure to remove all of my makeup at night. Taking care of your skin is so vital, through pregnancy and not, so don't skimp on the face wash! I will be having a post soon on my favorite products so stay tuned!
Have you been told you have the pregnancy glow? I would love to hear how you are thriving through pregnancy, share your tips mamas! I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. I am spending the weekend in Utah with family and we will also be having a baby shower which is super exciting.
This spring has been so revolutionary fashion wise! So many great trends, both old and new, have emerged and I'm all about it. I have been inspired by so many current trends: and these are styles you don't want to miss out on.
Cold Shoulder Tops
The cold shoulder trend is so fun and can be found in dresses, rompers, and tops. I love the look of the shoulder cut out and I found this adorable top that has some ruffle accents to it as well.
Pink Blush to the rescue, as always! I have been avoiding wearing shirts because I only have a select few that cover my belly and don't look like crop tops. It's been a struggle covering this beachball you guys (mamas understand!). I have seen the cold shoulder trend all over the internet and in public, and I wanted in on it.
This is a fun spring trend that can be easily transformed into any personal style.
You can shop this top here: Ivory Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top
Previously, dainty simple earrings were the must have, but statement earrings are making a huge comeback this spring! I love these tassel ones that provide an extra flair to any spring look, and also are super fun and eye catching! Adding a set of in-your-face earrings will turn some heads this season.
Bold colors and prints are back and I am so happy about it! Even with this being a trend and can be easily overwhelming, incorporating this style in a subtle way will go very far in your looks you put together! I have striped, colorful sandals that aren't overpowering and at the same time are very spring and cheerful.
Going hand in hand with dainty, small jewelry being the high demand, long necklaces will ensure you fit in this season! I love this one in particular because it ties in with my tassel earrings, but isn't too matchy. Adding a long necklace will draw the eye in and you'll be fashion forward: win win!
What spring trend are you most excited for?! I have been loving shopping lately and can't wait to buy more clothes that not only are cute and on trend, but will also fit these next few months!
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