Summer Maternity Staples

Hi friends!! Sorry for a bit of radio silence over here... the past few weeks have been a combination of exhaustion, crazy pregnancy hormones, and just soaking in every ounce of Rowan's sweetness this summer. Honestly if I could bottle up his current self and keep him in this stage forever I would... minus the temper tantrums of course.

We've really focused our limited free time on our family and preparing what we can of our house before the next babe comes. We have so many home projects that are partially finished... its driving me crazy now that nesting is starting to kick in! So finally we're making a dent in those too.

Anyway on to the good stuff!

Today I'm rounding up my summer maternity essentials! I've had a few requests for this post and I suspect its because finding comfortable maternity clothes for these hot months is really tough! Also ignore the fact that its technically halfway through summer already... when you live in the South you forget that not everyone has the heat and humidity through October like we do!

I decided early on in this second pregnancy that I was going to embrace the maternity clothes right away instead of put them off as long as possible like I did with Rowan.

Maybe its a first pregnancy thing... but I remember dealing with the hair tie/shorts thing for entirely too long. So new mamas- if I have one good tip for you it is don't resist the maternity clothes! You're going to need them eventually so just suck it up and buy yourself some shorts or jeans early on so you're comfortable.

Maternity Tees: My go-to is Gap for basic maternity tees. I say this because I hate when shirts have really obvious rouching and Gap's don't so they fit the bill. They have just enough rouching so they fit throughout your pregnancy but not the entire way down the shirt.

These Maternity Pure Body tees are my favorite.. I have them in the crew neck and v-neck styles and love them all. I also love these for lounging around and this tie back softspun tee is the perfect combo of comfy and cute!

For basic tanks, these are my go-to! I wear them even when I'm not prego, don't judge.

Shorts: I promise I'm not getting paid by Gap but I do really love their maternity shorts! During my pregnancy with Rowan I was all about the over the belly jeans, so I was hesitant to try side panel shorts. These frayed shorts are SO soft and comfortable! Hands down my fave. I also like these destroyed jean shorts and this white denim option. I have them all and they are on constant rotation!

I also love these Target over the belly shorts, super soft and they stay up well.

Dresses: Dresses are one thing you can get away with using non-maternity options for most of your pregnancy. I'm a big fan of tighter dresses to show off the bump, until that last month when I start looking like a whale and hibernate/live in my husband's shirts.

My favorite so far is this dress, I wear it on repeat with my converse all of the time. I also love sporting inexpensive dresses like this and this with a non-maternity tee tied above the bump. BUT I cannot wear these tight dresses though without a little help from my best friend, maternity Spanx.

Another favorite for dresses is Asos, especially if you need to dress up the bump for a maternity shoot or wedding. I'm currently eying this and this for a wedding later this summer!!

Swim: I am not a big fan of myself in a two piece during pregnancy, especially after I found this Target Lace One-Piece Swimsuit! It's non-maternity but has a ton of stretch to it so I think it will last me the rest of summer!

Shop the post below (or see more of my style here) and let me know if you have any questions on fit + sizing!

Neutral Baby Boy Nursery Inspiration

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a fun Fourth of July! It's been a whirlwind two weeks between traveling and a crazy busy day job, so I'm excited to finally carve out a little time for this space... even if it is well past my bed time as I write this!

I've had lots of requests for some nursery inspiration and summer maternity favorites, so that's what I've got on deck for you this week!

As you guys know, I thought for sure this little babe was a girl so it was quite a shock to hear baby number two is a boy! I really hadn't thought much about how I'd design another boy's nursery, but I knew we'd be keeping all of the furniture from Rowan's room regardless of the gender.

You can see Rowan's original nursery in our old house here!

So this time around my starting point was the furniture and this sweet wood sign that reminds me so much of Rowan (the quote is from Winnie the Pooh- you may remember our little Christopher Robin last Halloween!) and I thought it was perfect for a boy's room! I fully expect a house full of boys to be quite the adventure... in a good way!
The next thing I found, which I highly recommend looking for if you're kind of in the dark on nursery color schemes or design, is a fabric swatch in this precious French grey buffalo check print from Carousel Designs. I saw it in Elise's sweet nursery here and knew I wanted to use it in either Rowan's big boy room or the new nursery.

So what's staying in the room? 

The dresser, crib (my grandma got this for Rowan and I will always cherish it so much), and our favorite rocker. I'll probably keep the bookshelves as well.

What am I adding? 

All of the details! It'll get a new paint job taking the walls from light grey to white, a rug with some color, a new nightstand, a mirror, pom trim curtains, and the sweetest Petit Pehr mobile. I'm also going to rearrange the furniture in the room to switch it up a bit.

I know the design seems a little grown up but I promise I'll find an art print (maybe this one?) and other little decor pieces like wooden toys and add to his already growing stuffed animal collection!

We're so excited for this little guy (whose name I think we may have finally decided on... yay!) and I'm just hoping we can get this space ready for him in time!! The biggest hurdle will be getting Rowan's big boy room ready to go before we can do anything... will share some inspiration for that room soon.

So what do you guys think? How should I incorporate some art prints?!

CribSide TableDresserRugMirrorWood SignWood Stacker ToyFabricCurtainsMobile. Rocker.

18 Weeks :: Baby Number Two

Kimono c/o PinkBlush

In true second child fashion, sweet baby number two hasn't gotten a single bumpdate yet! I've been looking back at my bumpdates with Rowan and its been so fun to compare and see the big differences in pregnancies.

Gender: Boy! We still can't decide on a first name but we have a short list so I guess that's progress?

Symptoms + Differences this time around: Oh pregnancy symptoms... SO glam! I'm writing this out mostly for my records... you know... for a few years from now when I get baby fever again? ha!

The first trimester was so, so different with this pregnancy than my first. More nausea and food aversions (I basically ate pasta and toast for 3 months) and so much fatigue. It was a struggle to keep my eyes open most days. Thankfully the nausea subsided around 14 weeks and I'm just now starting to see an increase in my energy level. This happened to coincide with a phase where Rowan loved to force feed me his leftovers... so yeah that was fun!

I've also had a lot of dizziness, to the point that things have started to go black twice and I've luckily come to before completely passing out. I've had my iron and thyroid levels checked and all is well, so we're chalking that up to another fun pregnancy symptom!

The most problematic symptom this time around has been my diastasis recti. I was having so much pain and soreness in my midline, especially around my belly button... to the point that I didn't want to lean against it! That was when my OB informed me that my abs basically didn't come back together correctly after my first pregnancy. It will likely get worse this pregnancy as I get bigger, and in any future pregnancies. She said I will either need surgery to correct it later on or I can live with it, but getting rid of that "pouch" of fat in my lower abs will be near impossible. Lovely.

Weight Gain: +8 lbs. This is the same as last pregnancy at this point, but I'm being a lot more careful about what I eat this time around because of my diastasis recti and my fear of turning into a whale in my third trimester again.

Maternity Clothes: Started wearing maternity shorts around 12 weeks and haven't looked back. Second baby bellies = overactive uterus. Will share some of my favorite summer maternity staples tomorrow but this kimono from PinkBlush has been on repeat. It easily dresses up a plain tank and its perfect for our breezy Charleston summers!

Movement: Started feeling those little kicks around 15.5 weeks!! That is a few weeks earlier than with Rowan and I somehow forgot how much I love it.

Nursery Progress: I picked out some fabrics and paint samples, but still a long way to go! We need to switch Rowan into his big boy room before we can do anything else in the nursery. We'll be keeping the same crib, rocker, and possibly the dresser but I want to change the paint color, bedding, and most of the little details to make it feel different than big brother's original nursery.

Big Brother: Has been so sweet and will randomly walk up to me, lift my shirt and kiss my belly. He told his teachers about his baby brother before we mentioned anything to them! Also loves to talk to him and still thinks he has a baby dinosaur in his own belly. A blue dinosaur to be exact.

Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound, sharing some nursery inspiration, and deciding on a first name... mama wants to start monogramming!

Mamas- anyone else deal with diastasis recti during your pregnancies? I don't know anyone who has despite my OB saying its super common!

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