Maternity Style 33, 34, 35 Weeks — Alive & Still Pregnant

Long time, no update! Yes, I’m still pregnant… I’ve been dealing with allergies and it’s been misery! For a while I wasn’t sleeping or eating well (couldn’t breathe, couldn’t taste) and the aches and pains of the last month of pregnancy hit at the same time. Luckily, I seem to be on the mend and I’m feeling much better.  I’ve never had problems with allergies before, so it’s unfortunate timing that my first bout happened at eight months pregnant. The body sure does crazy things when growing another life!

On a brighter note, I have managed to have a little fun, despite not feeling well. We hosted Chris’ family the other weekend for a fun little visit. We took them to the art museum and Chris made his legendary chicken-tomatillo tacos. Last weekend my cousin threw me a lovely baby shower at a chocolate shop in Ft. Wayne, which was amazing. And this weekend, Chris’ family is throwing us a shower. Baby H is already one spoiled child — watch out, world!

 33 Weeks, worn to farm store

33 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

33 Weeks Pregnant

Black Tank & Grey Dress — Old Navy (Dress is non-maternity, last seen here)
Black Leggings — Motherhood Maternity
Sandals — Havaianas
Bag — Longchamp
Sunglasses — Payless
Hair Clip — Cloth, Carmel City Center

34 Weeks, worn to baby shower

34 Weeks Pregnant Baby Shower Outfit

Baby Shower Outfit

34 Weeks Pregnant

Kimono Shrug — Marshall’s
Dress — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Necklace — gift
Hair Clip – Cloth, Carmel City Center

35 Weeks, worn to orchard

35 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

35 Weeks Pregnant

Vintage Sundress — Stylebook Vintage, Etsy
Sandals — Havainas
Bag — C/O OASAP

 

Antique Candle Works

Antique Candle Works Review

Vintage Measuring Cup Candle, buttercream scent — $24 (Similar)
Vintage Heart Mold Candle, vanilla scent — $8 (Similar)
Vintage Enamal Pourer Candle, lavender scent — $16 (Similar)
Antique Ball Jar Candle, buttercream scent — $35 (Similar)

It’s no secret that I love candles. I burn them all the time and have tried many different kinds, from cheap big-box brand candles to more pricey boutique candles. So, I was very excited when Brittany from Antique Candle Works sent me four candles from her online shop to try out!

Candles in Antique Containers

Antique Candle Works sells all-natural, 100% soy candles. The candles are poured in antique and vintage vessels, which Brittany and her husband locate themselves. Brittany hand-pours all of the candles using premium fragrances and soy wax, which burns cleaner and almost twice as long as paraffin candles. The cherry on top is that Brittany is a fellow Hoosier from northwest Indiana!

Candles in Antique Containers

So what do I think about the candles…?

Candle in Vintage Ball Jar

Love them! I adore the antique and vintage vessels. My favorite container of the candles I received is the Ball jar, which can be dated back to 1923 – 1933. I love that even after the candle is all burned, you still have a fun antique container left over, which you can clean up using my candle cleaning method and then repurpose.

Candle in Antique Heart Mold

The candles burn really well and smell really good. They’re not sickly sweet like a lot of candles you find at Anthropologie or Bath and Body Works. My favorite scent of the candles I received is vanilla, but I also really enjoy the scent of the lavender candle while it’s burning. It’s perfect for evening time before bed.

Candle in Antique Aluminum Measuring Cup

I’m a sucker for good packaging, so I also have to mention how much I loved opening my box of candles and seeing the way they were all bundled up. They were cushioned with wood wool and each candle arrived in a branded Antique Candle Works sack. I thought that was a really nice touch so the antique vessels don’t get scratched and dented during shipping.

Candle in Antique Enamel Pourer

These are very special candles, and I’d definitely send these as Christmas gifts! (Yep, just went there. With a baby on the way, I’m all for getting a head start on Christmas shopping this year!)

 

Maternity Style 32 Weeks — A Sweater in August

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32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

Tee — Motherhood Maternity C/O Gordmans
Shorts — Pea in the Pod Maternity
Sweater — C/O OASAP
Moccasins — Minnetonka
Bag — C/O OASAP
Hair Clip — Ban.do

Happy Friday evening! Hopefully by now you’re enjoying your weekend.

Do you see what I’m wearing in these photos? A sweater! In August! I try to not be one of those bloggers who wears unseasonable clothes; it’s really that cool here this evening. In fact, this morning on the news they said this is the coolest summer Indiana has seen in 22 years. I couldn’t have picked a better summer to be pregnant!

It’s been a good day for this girl. This morning I took Gauge to the park and we walked for about 45 minutes. We then swung by the orchard and picked up some peaches, sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers,  and bacon. The bacon was used for dinner for some delicious BLTs, which featured tomatoes from our garden. After dinner Chris and I went out and took these photos and picked up popcorn from the movie theater, which we’re getting ready to enjoy here at home with a movie…

Have a good one!

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

Maternity Style 31 Weeks — On Repeat

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31 Weeks Pregnant Maternity Style

31 Weeks Pregnant Maternity Style

31 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

Top – Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Skirt — Old Navy
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Bag — C/O OASAP
Head Scarf — Vintage
Sunglasses — Payless

I’m not even embarrassed to say I’ve worn this outfit three times in the past week. Or was it four? I’ve lost count. It’s so comfy and I don’t want to spend money on anything else “maternity.” So, for the next seven-or-so weeks, I’ll be repeating this outfit and the others that are still comfortable. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do some laundry…

31 Weeks Pregnant

Maternity Style 30 Weeks — Vintage Nautical

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30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

Border Collie Puppy

30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

Dress — Vintage
Bag — C/O OASAP
Shoes — C/O Gordmans

30 weeks! I’m in the home stretch!  You may remember this vintage nautical sundress from when I wore it during our trip to Madison last May or when I wore it to a Labor Day cookout last September. Back then I belted it, but now it has just enough “tent” to fit over my bump like it was meant to be maternity. I have a couple other vintage tent dresses that I’ve been saving for the end of pregnancy. I know the general consensus is that maternity clothes used to be awful, but I think tent dresses from the 60s can be  pretty adorable. I’ve always loved Mia Farrow’s maternity wardrobe in Rosemary’s Baby:

Rosemary's Baby Maternity

Rosemary’s Baby, 1968.

Cute, right?!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

 

7 Things I’m Looking Forward To Post-Pregnancy

Everyone knows pregnancy is full of dos, don’ts, and body and lifestyle changes (duh!). And while I’ve enjoyed being pregnant for the most part, there are a few things I’m really looking forward to post-pregnancy. Obviously, becoming a mother to our little one tops the list, but here are a few other not-so-consequential  things I’m counting down the days for:

1. Shopping for baby clothes.

Baby Boy and Baby Girl Clothes

Not finding out the gender of Baby H has been easier than I originally thought it would be. I think it’s been harder on our friends and family than us! For me, the most difficult part of not knowing is not being able to buy baby clothes! There are so many cute outfits, especially for girls, that I can’t wait to get my hands on. We’re planning on buying one baby boy outfit and one baby girl outfit for Baby H to wear home from the hospital, but other than that all we have are basic onesies.

2. Sleeping on my belly and back.

Sleeping Border Collie Puppy
I never realized how glorious belly and back sleeping are until I physically couldn’t anymore. I’m like a beached whale at night trying to roll from side to side to get comfortable. Also, not needing to get up three times a night to use the restroom will be nice…

3. Having a hard cider.

Crispin Honey Crisp Cider

I haven’t missed alcohol very much during pregnancy, but do enjoy hard cider. We’ll be in full fall swing after the baby is born, which is the best time of year for hard cider!

4. Wearing my regular clothes…and shopping!

Tulle Skirt
Summer is my favorite season to dress for, so it’s been a bummer not being able to wear most of my summer wardrobe. I’m looking forward to getting back into my old clothes and maybe shopping for a couple new things! Oh, and NOT having a maternity band hugging my stomach all the time will feel glorious!

5. Showering without difficulty.

Shower Products

Do you realize how hard it is to bend over and shave with a baby belly in the way?!

6. Running.

Exercise After Baby

I feel lucky that I’ve been able to keep walking and exercising during my pregnancy, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of running. I’m hoping to get a good Craigslist deal on a jogger stroller so that next spring Baby H and I can go out and exercise!

7. Not stressing.

Beating Pregnancy Stress

Every ache, cramp, and pain has given me reason to worry during pregnancy and I’m looking forward to not dealing with that stress. Course, I’ll have a son or daughter to stress about for the rest of my life … I’ll have to report back on what’s worse ;).

 

 

Maternity Style 29 Weeks — Out & About

29 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

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Shop Suey Boutique Review

Tank — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Jeans — Old Navy Maternity
Sandals — Nine West
Watch — Urban Outfitters
Helena Satchel — C/O Shop Suey Boutique

Happy Saturday! So, this week totally got away from me and I’m a little late on my 29 weeks outfit, but better late than never, right?!

I wore this casual outfit out and about today. Chris and I met up with my oldest friend and her boyfriend for lunch. She and I grew up next door to each other and have literally been friends for life! It was really nice getting to catch up with them over a delicious lunch at The Local, one  of our favorite restaurants. After lunch, Chris took me out for a little bit of shopping , and on our way home we picked up dinner ingredients at Earth Fare. It’s been a fabulous day!

PS – I would like to thank Shop Suey Boutique for sending me the beautiful satchel I’m wearing in the photos! Shop Suey is an adorable online boutique that sells accessories like jewelry, bags, and scarves at prices that make my wallet happy. Also, can we talk about how cute and creative the name Shop Suey is?!

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Maternity Style 28 Weeks — Hello, 3rd Trimester!

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28 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

Dress — C/O Gordmans
Belt — C/O Gordmans
Sandals — Nine West
Bow Necklace — Tiffany’s

Pregnancy Bump Photo

I’m in the final stretch of this pregnancy! Other than sharing outfits, I haven’t really talked much about being pregnant on here, mostly because this isn’t a pregnancy blog and I think a lot of things related to pregnancy are private. But today I thought I’d answer some questions I frequently get asked:

 

When/how did you first find out you’re pregnant?

Baby H was planned, but also a surprise because we weren’t anticipating it happening so quickly. While putting on my makeup one morning before work (Friday, January 17, to be exact…),  I felt a little lightheaded and queasy. I’m pretty in-tune with my body noticed feeling a little off that entire day, so as soon as I got home from work I took a pregnancy test, and it was positive! I could barely believe it, so I confirmed the results with a second test.  I’ll never forget the feeling after I took the tests: excitement, a racing heart, and disbelief! I put the tests in a paper bag and set them on the kitchen table to surprise Chris when he got home from work. He was thrilled, of course, when he opened the bag to see what was inside.

How have you been feeling physically?
Honestly, I’ve been feeling pretty good so far. I dealt with morning sickness during my first trimester, but feel very lucky that it hasn’t persisted. I get hip pain at night, but it always goes away in the morning after moving around a bit.So far, I’ve kind of liked being pregnant (I know, I’m one of THOSE), but that could certainly change as I progress through the third trimester!

How have you been feeling mentally?
Excited. HAPPY. Scared. Overwhelmed. Emotional. Unprepared. Lucky. Etc. Etc. Etc. I think almost every pregnant woman goes through feeling all the feelings! I’ve overwhelmingly been excited and happy, but it’s also a scary thought that delivery is right around the corner and once the trauma of that’s over, we’ll have a child to raise. I’ve been reading up as much as I can on delivery, parenting, and breastfeeding, and we’re also signed up for several classes at the hospital. F
or me, knowledge has been power and has given me more confidence. Funny pregnancy hormone story: Chris and I were at Gander Mountain this past weekend watching a Dock Dogs competition and I started crying for no reason. The dogs looked so happy and were having so much fun it brought on the waterworks! 

What have you been craving?
I really haven’t been craving anything crazy. I definitely love my sweets and ice cream, but to be honest, I was like that before I got pregnant! My diet hasn’t changed all that much compared to pre-pregnancy.

How’s your body/weight changed? 
I won’t lie, it’s kind of scary seeing the number on the scale creep up. So far for the most part, I like how I look and am feeling confident. Looking back on the photos of myself each week shows a rounder face and figure, but that’s the nature of the beast. Chris has told me he thinks I’m more beautiful than I’ve ever been, which makes me feel very lucky to have him by my side through it all.

Any food aversions?
I had an aversion to meat during my first trimester, but nothing since then.

Have you been exercising?
I try to go on long, brisk walks several times a week. It’s been easier this week because the weather has been so cool!

What are your delivery plans?
Before I got pregnant, I watched The Business of Being Born and felt empowered to do a natural, at-home birth. While I still think women who do that are amazing, actually getting pregnant and realizing that this baby is coming out in a matter of months has made it clear to me that I’d like to be in a hospital. I’ll be delivering at the hospital that’s near our house, and I’m planning on having a medicated delivery. I’ve been dealing with a bad case of “White Coat Syndrome” where my blood pressure spikes up every time I go to the doctor. I’ve been tested for pre-eclampsia several times (which includes a super-annoying 24 urine collection…). I’ve passed each time, but the risk is there that I could develop pre-e and I don’t want to pull a Lady Sybil!

Do you have any feelings if it’s a boy or girl?
Honestly, no! And I’m trying to not dwell on it so I don’t get my hopes up one way or the other. Most people guess we are having a boy. Here are some of those  classic old wives tales that predict gender. It’s pretty split between boy and girl!

No acne … BOY
Baby’s heart rate … GIRL
Craving sweets … GIRL
Chinese birth chart … BOY
Mayan birth chart … GIRL
No husband sympathy weight … BOY
Morning sickness … GIRL
Skin is not dry … GIRL

Have you picked out names?
Chris is named after his dad, so if we have a boy the tradition will continue and he’ll be Christopher Alan III. We haven’t decided on a girl’s name and I don’t think we’ll be sharing it when we do decide. We’re not looking for unsolicited opinions when it comes to names!

How’s the nursery coming along?
The nursery is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house! It’s all painted and most of the decorating is done. Chris is turning a nook in the room into a closet and the crib needs to be built. I’ll be sharing room details on here once it’s all ready.

Are you going back to work after Baby arrives?
I have already transitioned to part-time at work in preparation for Baby H, so I’ll be part-time career woman, part-time at-home momma. It’s the best solution for us because we still have my income and won’t have to rely on day care five days a week. Not to mention, I like my job and career and would be sad to give them up! I have been SO lucky when it comes to the flexibility and understanding of work.

 

28 Weeks Pregnant

New LaCroix Flavors!

I get a fair amount of press releases sent to my Tulle and Trinkets email address, because as you know, this blog is full of hard-hitting news… HA! I received one from LaCroix last Friday with news so important I consider it to be a public service announcement that I am obligated to share with you…

Summer 2014 LaCroix Flavors

LaCroix is introducing three new flavors this summer — apricot, mango, and passion fruit! They’re only available at Target, so I picked up the mango and apricot LaCroix water while at Target this past weekend. I’m happy to report both flavors are very good! In fact, I like apricot so much it’s slid ahead of my previous favorite flavor, coconut. I’ll have to try passion fruit next time I’m at Target.

New LaCroix Flavors Summer 2014

If you’ve been reading a while, you know I love LaCroix sparkling water. It doesn’t have any sodium, sweetener, or calories, and it counts toward my eight glasses of water a day. Being pregnant during summer means no mojitos or chilled white wine for me, and LaCroix has been the perfect replacement.

Do you love LaCroix, too? What’s your favorite flavor?

PS – In no way was I compensated for this post. I just love LaCroix and am bubbling for their new sparkling waters (pun intended).

Maternity Style 27 Weeks — Wedding Outfit

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University of Findlay Flowers

Maternity Wedding Guest Outfit 27 Weeks

University of Findlay

University of Findlay

Dress — C/O OASAP
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Bag — American Apparel

Happy Friday! Big plans this weekend? My weekend is being consumed with preparations for Baby H! Tomorrow we have class at the hospital and we’re also registering this weekend and working on the nursery.

I wore this outfit last weekend to my cousin’s wedding up at the University of Findlay in Ohio. It was a beautiful wedding and a perfect opportunity to pull out this dress, which is one of my favorites! It’s not maternity, but works perfectly with my bump! Check out how I wore it last summer here.

Chris and I stayed the night in the hotel after the wedding, and I have to admit it was nice to get away from home for a night. Chris let me watch HGTV all evening and I slept like a baby. It was like a mini vacation!

Maternity Wedding Outfit 27 Weeks Pregnant