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39 weeks + a few pics from my mother/daughter maternity session

Happy Monday!  Taking a tiny break from all things interior decor and design this morning to gush over a couple of the maternity photos I got a little sneak peek of over the weekend!  I didn't do a session when I was pregnant with Lydia, which is crazy now that I think back on it, because we'd had such an incredibly difficult time getting pregnant with her, so this time around, I really wanted to capture a few images of these last few days of it just being me and my girl.  Of course, I waited until the eleventh hour and ended up having them taken the day before I hit 38 weeks, so they are even more special because we are so close now!

There were only a few images I had in mind that I really, really wanted; at the top of my list was a black and white silhouette from the side, something soft and ethereal.  Not only was my photographer amazing, but she blew me away with the few photos I've gotten to see so far; they are above and beyond what I ever could have expected!  If any of you have ever tried to have professional photos taken with a toddler, you know it can be a harrowing experience, so we opted to have an in-home session and let Lydia change into her favorite princess dress (once we got the goods in her real outfit). It totally worked out in our favor because she was so focused on being a "ballerina" that the shots my photographer ended up getting of her dancing are just as amazing as the maternity ones!

Choosing what to wear was easy, as I knew I'd need something snug/form fitting in order to get the silhouette shot, but I also wanted to be super comfy, too.  I wore my favorite Michael Stars maxi skirt and a white maternity tank top from Old Navy, both of which have been staples in my pregnancy wardrobe this summer.  I've been told a million times by photographers never to wear white, but I've always chosen it for photo sessions - white is gorgeous, and with the help of a little self tanner, I've never had any issue with looking washed out.  And Lydia just looks too heavenly in white eyelet to not dress her in it every chance I can get!

We didn't want to leave Daddy out, so we got some shots of baby girl and her main squeeze, can see my little princess ballerina takes it very seriously! This is exactly what it looks like around here after dinner these days....Lydia changing into one of her many princess dresses and getting Daddy to twirl and bow her all over the living room:

Of all the photo sessions we've done, these are some of my favorite pictures yet because they not only capture my complete adoration for my little miss, but also the love Lydia has for her daddy, and it also is a great reminder of a fabulous summer and the last few weeks of us being a family of three. My heart is so full already, that it's hard to believe how much more it will inevitably expand here shortly when baby bear makes his debut!  I hit 39 weeks on Saturday; we are in the final stretch! 

Happy Monday, everyone!


faking a pregnancy "glow"

This time around, being pregnant has been quite the roller coaster ride.  From the first 18 weeks of constant nausea and vomiting and having to wear a hip to toe compression sleeve in 100 degree weather, to the food aversions and hormone fluctuations, the one thing that has actually stayed the same throughout the last 36 weeks is - surprisingly - my skin.  No breakouts, blotchiness or irritation, thankfully, but I do need a little help evening out my skin tone normally.  I don't typically wear a lot of makeup, but I've always loved cosmetics that give a natural looking glow without looking like I'm wearing anything.  Here are a few products I'm loving lately that give that "pregnancy glow", even when I'm feeling anything but glowing:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream - I've never been a fan of foundation, opting instead to use a tinted moisturizer whenever I wore anything on my skin but lately I've wanted a little more coverage and a less dewy finish, so I tried IT Cosmetics CC Cream.  It's super lightweight and the finish is absolutely flawless! 

Bare Minerals Complete Coverage Concealer - I've blogged about this stuff before but it definitely deserves another mention because it's the absolute best at covering under eye circles and redness.  I've tried every under eye concealer on the planet and this is, hands down, my favorite.  I put it under my eyes, along the corners on my nose and dab a little on my chin and, along with a little mascara, it makes me look wide awake and refreshed, even when I'm anything but!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride - This stuff lasts all day and I love the color; it looks like you've got a permanent flush!

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder - My favorite bronzer - no shimmer or sparkle, just believable tan shades.  Sometimes, I'll just brush a little of this across my cheeks, nose and forehead and be done.  I also love this Buriti Bronzer by RMS Beauty. 

Rosebud Salve - The pale pink tint adds just a dab of sheer pink; I'm so obsessed with this stuff!

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle - I get so many compliments whenever I wear this stuff.  It's so sheer but has the prettiest, palest bit of color. 

I'm off to pack my hospital bag; Happy Thursday!


34 weeks

I know I sound like a broken record, but this pregnancy is flying by at the speed of light!  Last weekend, I hit 34 weeks and have officially been forced to slow it down a notch.  I've been going non-stop, as though a baby isn't going to be making its way out of my body in the next six weeks or so and even though there is so much yet to be done before my little bear makes his debut, I'm thankful for the change of pace.  Lately, I've been spending my days in the pool, watching movies and making popsicles with my little miss.  This time with just her is so bittersweet; I'm so excited to meet my little guy but I'm sad that the days of just my girl and I are numbered, so I'm soaking up every single minute!  Here are a few other things that have been making this stage of pregnancy a little more bearable lately:

I started showing a lot earlier this time around than I did with Lydia, so my plan of making it through the summer in maxi skirts and the few tanks I wore when pregnant last time went right out the window.  I am not a big fan of maternity clothing and personally hate to spend money on pieces that I'll be wearing for such a short period of time, but this bump is no joke, so a few weeks ago, I broke down and bought a few pieces to last me through the next month or so.  This maternity maxi tank dress from Old Navy is so comfortable, so soft and so flattering; it can be dressed up or down and is super lightweight.  My only complaint is that it only comes in black and charcoal - I wish it was available in more colors!

The heat and humidity has been making me nauseous, even though it seems like all I do all day is drink my weight in water and run back and forth to the bathroom to pee.  A nutritionist friend recommended trying this Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder and it has been a GODSEND!  It's sugar free and all natural and completely got rid of my nausea! 

This Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg spray is a new favorite, too.  It's so much easier to apply than using a mitt and foam like I've been doing forever, it gives great color and comes off easily with soap and water. 

I tried this Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser on a whim a few weeks ago after reading that it's free of chemical-laden ingredients that are present in so many other cleansers.  It's super gentle and the price can't be beat!

I'm all about bright, bold, coral/red nail colors lately (they look especially amazing with those fake tanned stems!) This summer I've been exclusively wearing Essie's Clambake

These all natural tropical papaya pills are still my go-to for indigestion, which thankfully doesn't happen that often anymore, but it's nice to have them handy when I need them.

What are some must-haves that have helped you in the last trimester?


it's a boy!

For the last three years, since we found out we were pregnant with Lydia, around our house it's been nothing but tutus, hair bows and all things gold and glittery, but it's time to switch gears now because we are having a BOY!!  I grew up with two brothers and so did my husband so we are overjoyed at the thought of Lydia having a little brother of her own!  I'm so excited to get my head in nursery mode again, too!  I'm 25 weeks, officially in my third trimester, so I need to get it in gear. We've known for quite a while now that we were having a boy but now it's time to get serious about planning his nursery and stockpiling clothes and blankets - I don't have a single swaddle, onesie, burp cloth, bib or blanket for the little guy that isn't pink or covered in hearts, haha!

This pregnancy has gone so fast - thankfully, the nausea and vomitting is long gone.  Now, the only pain in the neck is the fact that I have to wear a full length compression legging on my one leg; working out has helped tremendously but I can't go an entire day without it, so I'm mentally preparing myself to make it through a Carolina summer without having a heatstroke! 

As for the nursery, I don't have a plan as of yet like I did when I was pregnant with Lydia, but I know there are certain things I want to incorporate that have lots of meaning (like my hubby's passion for surfing and his Marine Corps background).  I'll be posting inspiration and plans and progress along the way, so get ready for some nursery overload! 

I hope you're all having a wonderful week!



I hadn't planned on taking an entire month away from the blog but as excuses go, I have a pretty good one.....I've spent the last nine weeks puking my guts up and when I haven't been throwing up, I've been dry heaving (and wishing I could just throw up) because I'm 15 weeks pregnant!!! Some days, it's taken everything I have just to keep half a pace with my little miss, so blogging, unfortunately, got moved to a back burner for a little bit.  I was sick the exact same way when I was pregnant with Lydia but I wasn't chasing a super active toddler then, so this is a whole different ball game for me, but I'm so incredibly blessed and grateful to FINALLY have made it past the first trimester that you won't hear me complain.  Truth is, we've been actively trying since Lydia was seven months old.  I had another miscarriage last summer, three days before the hubby deployed and had all but given up hope on ever being able to carry another baby full term, but, despite a few hiccups early on, this one is looking good! 

Now that I'm feeling more like my normal self, I'm back to blogging and I have some fun posts coming this way!  Thank you for continuing to check in and for all your sweet emails!  I'm so excited to be back and to share more of this phase of life right now!  Happy Monday!