Top: Momzellesimilar here | Scarf: thrifted, similar here | Jeans: Shop Pink Blush Maternitysimilar here | Boots: Target | Sunglasses: Coach | Lipstick: "Russian Red" by MAC
Moms!!! If you are breastfeeding, these type of tops will change your life. Literally. While I look oh so trendy and ready for fall, my top has a panel that lifts up and allows for easy nursing. I will have several pieces linked below that you can go through and see if one fits your style! I love the convenience of this because I am so not a pro breastfeeding mama like some, and struggle big time. Especially when she's screaming, I'm in the back seat of the car, and struggle enough to get the nipple shield on! This makes it so much easier and you just lift the top panel and boom! Honestly this top could probably even be used as a nursing cover, which is great too if you aren't in to carrying a nursing cover around. The pastor from my old church gave me this top and a few others and I need to go and buy more because of how amazing they are.
I absolutely love the fall time and here in Colorado it's the perfect weather. My little family and I went to the park and enjoyed a nice little stroll. This past weekend we enjoyed some yummy chili (which my husband swears is the best but it's so dang simple!) and the recipe I use is linkedhere.
Lately I have been embracing this whole new mom life and I feel so happy to finally have this role. I feel like it's changed me, I've even been talking to J about chopping all of my hair off! ha ha I think it's almost time to cave in and embrace the mom cut because oh my word my hair takes forever to do. And, not to mention, is constantly getting tangled in someone's little fingers. I have always loved my hair really long and had a personal goal of growing it to my stomach, but I don't know how much longer I can hang. It is constantly in a braid or a bun and postpartum has not been very good to my hair! Y'all, talk me down because I am so close to just chopping it all!
I go back to work soon which is exciting, and sad at the same time, but I am lucky to have had these 8 weeks with her. Also, my work is sending me and a few coworkers to Ohio in November which is going to be so much fun! I'm having J and the baby come too, so Lord pray for us as we navigate the airport and a long airplane ride with a baby ha ha. I have some exciting blog posts in the works and am so glad to have finally found my niche here on the internet. I hope you guys have enjoyed these last few month's of blog posts that are more motherhood based. I've enjoyed writing them and have so many ideas which has given me life again! Y'all have an amazing week! ♥
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Top c/o Shop Pink Blush. This is the perfect top for postpartum and if you are nursing! I've loved this brand for their maternity clothing, but they have great clothes for the everyday mama. You can shop this top by clicking here. Thank you for sponsoring today's post and for making the transition to motherhood a good one.
Growing up in a small town, I always imagined a certain kind of future for myself and my children. I pictured my kids growing up with their grandparents just minutes away, being able to attend grandparent days, school events, the works. Call me delusional, but I planned on staying in my hometown my entire life and never imagined a world where I'd live anywhere else.
That all changed when I met my husband who's in the military. Suddenly, I found myself states away, later to be pregnant, and alone. I no longer had my safety net (otherwise known as mom) and I felt scared. All of a sudden I was going to transition to becoming a mom, without the one person who had always been that role in my life. How could I become a mom without my mom?
My mom, thank the Lord, was able to be present for my baby's birth and stay that first week with me. There I learned from the woman herself how to take on this new title.. She taught me how to breastfeed and not give up, how to take care of her, and basically reaffirmed how lost I would be without her. (Don't let her know I said that, she would never let it go if she knew!) But most importantly, she taught me that I can do this. My mama, after all, raised me right: to be independent and keep faith.
Being a mom is the biggest blessing and she raised me to adapt in any situation and prevail. I may not physically have my mom here with me or the ability to drive a few minutes and have her help. But, I do know that I can call her at midnight for advice or just because I need to hear my mom's voice.
When you are growing up, you don't really appreciate your mom as much as you should. You don't see the behind the scenes stuff that goes into becoming a mother, until you become one yourself.
Becoming a mom is so scary, because now we all of a sudden have to live up to everything our moms are, and it's a lot of responsibility to take on that change; and to do it alone.
Moving away from my mom, was very hard on both of us. While I know my mom was heartbroken to lose her best friend (yes I consider myself that!) I know deep down she feels proud because she raised me and did a darn good job at it too. If you are a new or expecting mom, know that the feeling of being alone and scared is perfectly okay. Being so close to your mom makes leaving so much harder, but with that closeness comes comfort that she did her job. You built a strong relationship that even a few states between you couldn't take away. Now it's our turn to carry the torch because she prepared you for this and we will do the same for our children.
Don't fear motherhood because you are definitely not alone. This is a community and when they say it takes a village, they aren't kidding! Befriend other mothers and surround yourself with good people. Being away from your mom is hard, but it gives you the opportunity to be independent and grow in your new role as a mother.
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!
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