Dressing the Bump: Week 27

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This is my last week in the second trimester, AH. This is getting really, really, really, real. My belly is for sure feeling nice and large and that’s why I was so excited to find out my favorite swimwear brand was releasing maternity swim bottoms. Living in Southern California and having a husband who practically has salt water in his veins means we end up at the beach pretty often. So that leaves me with two options, either throw on a bathing suit and enjoy myself or try to wear some sort of semi beach friendly outfit and end up being uncomfortable and sweaty. Yuck. Honestly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of swimsuits because of the whole people seeing me half naked thing, but since having Elouise my views on body image have changed drastically.

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Dressing the Bump: Week 26

It’s week 26, which means that I am just two weeks away from the third trimester and three short months away from meeting this baby. Holy cow! No wonder my belly is feeling so large and in charge lately. Elouise now is to the point where she kind of sits on it like a built in seat when I hold her. Great for her, so not comfy for mama. My sciatica has also been showing its comedic side lately, striking at the most hilariously awkward moments. Pregnancy is not for for those who are easily embarrassed, I can say that for a fact.

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Dressing the Bump: Week 25

I’m especially excited to share my dressing the bump post today because it is the official #BumpDay, as in ‘baby bump”. I’ll admit, last time around I didn’t even know such a day existed, so I’m happy to be able to participate this time. With my last pregnancy I never felt “secure” with my body. I’ll be honest, that was a struggle long before getting pregnant, but it seemed to continue into my pregnancy. The weird thing was, with Elouise I was self conscious about sharing my bump because most of the time I got comments on how tiny my bump was, until about month 8 where everything magically caught up. This time around it seems to be the opposite. I had a baby a mere 12 months before getting pregnant and lets just say that I made no real efforts to get into shape. I mean I was figuring out how to be a mom for crying out loud!

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#worldbreastfeedingweek

If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, you’ve probably read my post about our breastfeeding journey. I’ll sum it up in one sentence for you. It started out rocky and ended the best way possible. That’s only because I was able to surround myself with resources that encouraged me to not give up without a fight. This week is world breastfeeding week and it is something I think is so important, because it gets the conversation started about one of the most natural, yet taboo, things we do as mothers.

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Dressing the Bump: Week 24

Week 24 is just about over people, this is not a drill. I had a moment this week where everything became really real for me and suddenly the reality of having another baby just hit me right in the heart. Like, all aspects not just the sweet cuddles, but all of the bits and pieces. Good, difficult, sweet, and emotional. It really got me thinking about perspective. Perspective can change everything. Sometimes all we need is a different view to see the beauty in something. I once heard life compared to a tapestry and it kind of made everything make sense to me. Okay bear with me here, I know it doesn’t sound very relevant, but have you ever seen a tapestry being made? It’s a delicate and painstaking process and requires attention to detail and skill. Even one tiny piece out of place can disrupt the complex and intricate design.

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