Dressing the Bump

Dress: A Pea in the Pod (also love this one)   |   Necklace: Kendra Scott   |   Sandals: Joie (50% off!)

So, guys, I'm gonna be honest with you on this one. Before I got pregnant, I thought dressing a bump would be seriously so fun and I couldn't wait to have all of these cute outfits showing off this growing little baby but let me tell ya, it's not all it's cracked up to be. 

One the first hand, let's tackle the elephant in the room- or the elephants- the boobs. Yes, I knew they would grow but I mean no one tells you that you go up 2 cup sizes by 22 weeks? No? Just me-- great. Just in case there are women out there like me, growing boobs isn't all that fun. First off, all of my wonderful bras- couldn't fit into them if I wanted to so right now I'm alternating between three very generic- incredibly comfortable- bras. All of them are this one from Victoria's Secret that I highly recommend! They have truly saved me. I'm trying to embrace them (figuratively, not literally) but it makes getting dressed tough. I have stocked up on these tanks for undershirts to keep them contained in shirts that still fit otherwise. 

Every day clothing- this category has definitely gotten more fun once I got passed the "oh, congrats! I thought you just had a big lunch" bump phase. Cute dresses like this one (and I have one similar to this) are amazing for weekends or going to dinner with Ryan. BUT, here's the thing. From bloggers I follow and such, so many people were said they bought non-maternity items and didn't go up a size and yet they fit. That was NOT the case with me. For a while, it made me sad and then just depressed because I felt like my old things were supposed to be fitting and EVERYTHING was just plain uncomfortable so I just let it go. Bottom line, turns out I have a body that just really has to be more in maternity wear (yay for shopping boo for my wallet) and everyone's body is different! I have been wearing maternity jeans since 6 weeks (huge thanks to my friend Taylor who literally gave me bags of clothes to borrow) and ya know what- they're so comfortable! 

My biggest pet peeve even before I got pregnant was shirts that were too short and I just have to say if you're pregnant and looking for basic tees- you have to get these from Target! The price point is amazing, they wash great, not sheer and super comfortable and long! I'm off to buy 4 more- not a joke. 

Business attire- so I work full-time at a university in their marketing department and unfortunately don't have a super flexible dress code. The good news is it's not like I'm a lawyer but business casual is a must. I am going to do just a post of that with outfits that I've been putting together that have been comfortable yet professional, really focused on a few staples so you don't have to spend tons of money on maternity clothes! 

Do you have any advice dressing a bump?! I'll take anything you guys got! 

the outlaw,

christine

 

Baby Magee!

Ryan and I are so thrilled to announce that Baby Magee is on his/her way and arriving in June 2018! We found out about this little one the day after we signed the contract for our home! Needless to say there was a lot going on but Ry has been super-husband lately in terms of packing and moving us all while the baby took every ounce of energy that I had! Here's a little bit about how my first trimester went:

  • I was truly only really nauseous early on- week 5 saltines were my jam but I was so lucky that I never actually got sick
  • I really have had more aversions than cravings- there were even a couple of nights that Ryan made dinner and it wasn't until I looked at the plate and realized that I was just not going to be able to eat it- sorry hun 
  • Fast food has been my weakness- literally never ate it before I got pregnant and now I can't stop- PDQ has been saving me. 
  • My sweet tooth that I lived and died by? Like totally gone. I can sneak a cookie here and there but baby magee is definitely a salty one. 
  • I am hungry ALL THE TIME- guys, this is not an exaggeration. I eat constantly. My stomach is a bottomless pit. 
  • The exhaustion has been real- I'm kind of terrified that it is never going to go away and I'm just going to be tired for eternity.  

All questions, comments and suggestions are welcome from here on out.

the outlaw,

christine

Accidental Blogging Hiatus

Sorry sisters, I haven't meant to leave you high and dry in terms of blogging content from Washington, D.C. We've been pretty busy on our end these last few months; Gemma has grown from baby to toddler and is preparing for her next great adventure, being a big sister. We are thrilled that our family will be growing in August and I hope to document the last trimester a bit better than the first two as we prepare to meet this little one. As an apology, I offer you Easter photos.

The Cute One,
Rylee