Dress – Target (refashioned); Jacket – Aritzia; Shoes – Keds (via DSW)
Niki @ Glossy Blonde (19 wks before)
Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels (12 wks before)
Lauren @ Fizz & Frosting (4 wks before)
Babies, babies, babies!
Today, I teamed up with three lovely ladies who also have babies on the brain and will be welcoming their new little ones into the world over the coming months. Niki just found out she’s having a little boy in the middle of her second trimester. Laura hides that baby bump quite well as she’s just about to enter the third trimester. Well into the third trimester, Lauren will be meeting her little one any day now really. And with my little guy recently moving out of our bedroom and into a bedroom with his big brother, I’m “enjoying” what I call the “fourth trimester.” Even though I’m no longer pregnant, so much about my body still doesn’t feel like my own and doesn’t fit into my regular ol’ clothes. So here we are today to share with you how we’re styling our baby bumps and post-baby bump (in my case).
What nature leaves behind…
Compliments of nursing, I still don’t fit into a healthy portion of my tops and dresses. And my doctor told me that after each subsequent pregnancy, the body gets a bit lazier in returning to it’s normal shape (gee thanks biology). So, but for those loose fitting blouses and skirts or pants in which I bought a size up, I haven’t yet gotten back into much of what’s in my closet.
… Demands flattering yet forgiving fabrics and silhouettes.
This black and white striped dress that offers some wiggle room through the waist exemplifies the types of outfits I’ve been throwing on for the last several weeks as I (try to) patiently wait for things to return to normal. I suppose it’s no surprise that I’ve been heavily relying on these types of dresses after you saw me step up this exact dress for a baby shower, wear a navy and mint version on a date with M, and throw on a pink and navy version to the farmer’s market. Other dresses that have proven to be post-bump friendly include this stretchy sweater dress and wrap dresses in red and blue as well as blue and green.
Those still rocking the baby bump
I blogged through my pregnancy and shared lots of maternity style posts if inspiration from Niki, Lauren, and Laura don’t exhaust your baby bump style bug.
And for those, like me, sporting sleepless eyes and a post baby lump
If you didn’t already take a peek, I shared yesterday a tutorial for transitioning a maternity shirt to a non-maternity shirt. Although I couldn’t wait to move most of that maternity gear out of my closet, I had two pieces that garnered my lasting love. And my navy and striped shirt earned a permanent, albeit altered, spot in my collection.
Oh yeah, about those 50 dresses.
On a tangent, experienced moms might be wondering why a nursing mom is wearing all these dresses. Truthfully, up until recently, I only wore them for short periods of time (like the dinner date with M). Skirts accompanied by blouses and blazers much better accommodated my nursing responsibilities throughout the day. But we’re headed into “formula world” now, so that chapter will soon be coming to a close and I will be back to wearing many of my 50 dresses. (Yep, I still think that sounds crazy, but they’re all sitting in my closet…)
No matter what, we make the best of what we have (and eat some cookies).
As I continue to work with the body I have that slowly returns to normal, I remind myself that what takes nine months to gain likely will take nine months to lose. And I expect my body will need a bit of assistance (i.e. trips to yoga and the gym combined with healthy eating) to really charge full speed ahead in the race to the pre-baby bump body.
(Maybe I should stop making so many batches of homemade cookies…
or not, because they’re delicious!)
Even if you’re not pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, most of us encounter changes in our body that require a little give and take and some restyling from time to time. Those dresses I mentioned above all offer a bit of forgiveness with some weight gain here and some weight loss there. Take a peak and then let me know how you style the fluctuations in your body over time. And then be sure to head on over to catch a better glimpse of how Niki, Laura, and Lauren are finding great ways to dress their changing bodies and growing baby bumps stylishly!
The matching stripes for all us ~ not planned at all! Too funny.