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  • 37.5 Week Update + Hatch

    Dress is from my favorites at Hatch -- I NEED this in every color. So unbelievably comfortable and cute!
    HOW ARE YOU FEELING? SYMPTOMS?
    Rounder and rounder each day :) I can't quite walk around as much as normal since I start to get sharp pelvic pains after being on my feet too long :) :) :) He is head down and verrrrry low, so I can definitely feel that pressure almost 24/7. Health wise, I feel fabulous! Totally like myself, just a little more waddling than normal, haha. I truly have enjoyed pregnancy, despite all the weird hormonal changes like 12 year old acne, my eyebrows thinning out and my hair changing color... it's been a beautiful and easy going pregnancy, so I consider myself pretty freakin' lucky. My sister insists that pictures are crucial right around this time and how I really need to start documenting these last magical weeks - I feel so silly (but mostly like a whale) taking pictures all the time, but I whole heartedly believe I will look back and wish I took those monthly "bump" pictures, so I'm making up for that now!
    SIZE OF BABY
    A winter melon! About 6 lbs. 
    CRAVINGS?
    I think that is officially off the table! Just trying my best to eat well and get enough nutrition nowadays.
    GENDER
    Still our little dude :)
    MATERNITY CLOTHES
    I've finally found the maternity heavens! It's hard to find maternity clothes that aren't frumpy and something you feel like you wouldn't normally wear, you know what I mean? I'm so happy I got together with the dolls at HATCH and snagged a couple items from their new spring line. I'm sincerely not joking when I say I've worn this dress for the last four days in a row (so yeah, basically since the day I got it in the mail). It's the first of many dresses I'm sure I will invest in... pregnant or not. Haha! I really love their denim line too, because they don't have the ugly additional piece of fabric that goes over your belly and you have to find a shirt long enough to cover that hideous thing. I have always front-tucked my shirts in my jeans, and you can do that with their maternity pants! I'm in love.
    EXERCISE
    Remember that pelvic pain I was talking about? Yeah, running is off the table haha. I miss running a lot! So I've been living on the elliptical instead, it's a lot less taxing and hard on my ever growing belly. I definitely see my body changing and preparing itsself for labor and growing this babe at a faster rate now. They say your body produces so much fluid (including an incredible amount of additional blood) near the end, so these changes are good! I'm eager to get back to work and start my goals for my new and healthy body postpartum. Exercise is one of the things that really get my endorphins going, so I feel so much happier! It will definitely be a learning curve figuring out how to juggle sweet baby boy and my new exercise routines. I hear this also helps with PPD, which I really hope to combat if that were to ever happen!
    CHALLENGES
    I look back at this entire pregnancy and really wish I worried less. But who am I kidding.. I will be the biggest worry wart for the rest of baby boy's life! I'm trying my best to sit back and soak in these last couple weeks and enjoy these moments alone... quiet moments alone.. hah! Countless times I have had the opportunity to really put pregnancy into perspective and really wrap my head around how extremely blessed I am to even be able to be with child! That really turns my day around when I start to worry about the future and the unknown, I'm just lucky to be bearing my own little baby that's (so far) healthy as ever. I just wish I could get out of my head and give myself a break! I just want to be the best mother I can be. Also! I am really trying to comprehend labor. LOL. I'm still in denial that I'll wake up one day and he'll just be there so I don't have to endure the labor part. Again, just gotta let go and go with the freakin' flow.
    BEST MOMENTS
    Feeling accomplished that I actually completed something from my to-do list each day. HAH. Some days the "nesting" trigger happens, but doesn't last long because it usually requires me to bend over, which obviously is not physically my most favorite thing to do lately :) So I'd say checking things off our list and feeling SOMEWHAT prepared is nice.. which I'm sure is only the tip of the iceberg of what's really to come!
    PREGNANCY PURCHASES/FAVORITE ITEMS SO FAR
    -First, obviously discovering my new found loves at Hatch.  I'm needing this dress and these jeans next. 
    - I've heard a lot about the benefits of belly bands after birth, so I did some research and invested in this one. I'll definitely let y'all know if it was worth it or not!
    - Nursing dresses! Gimme aaalll the nursing friendly clothes! For some reason, I'm on this kick lately so I've been on the hunt for all things button down with all the flaps and secret passage ways..  haha! I have an unhealthy love for this dress and this top!
    Happiest Good Friday to y'all! And of course, Happy Easter. This is truly the loveliest holiday & time of year.
  • rachel parcell x celeste clark

    It has been such a delight to work with amazing, talented women who happen to start their own business the exact same way I did - on their own powered by determination, starting from the ground-up and working around the clock (and babies!).. this woman in particular, is one of the OG bloggers of our time.
    Say what you will about "blogs" and the negative connotation others may say about it being a saturated market, but I think it's an incredible outlet for people of all sorts to 1) share their God given talents and 2) inspire others.. and be inspired! What the heck is negative about that? Bloggers and influencers have to have an extremely tough skin to get through the unnecessary haters, but they continue to share their content and inspire millions around the world - myself included. I'm also more of a "see the glass half-full" type of person, so this may only make sense to people with my same perspective, but this could be a nice little light to those who don't quite understand this angle of the argument.
    Rach is a doll and so kind. I've made a handful of watercolored designs exclusively for her brand over the last year & a half and just feel honored to be apart of her lovely, romantic clothing line.
    I received this sweet little package at my front porch consisting of a piece from her new spring line {launching tomorrow, March 19th!}, necklaces from my favorites Made by Mary {one saying "mama".. reminding me I can't believe I've earned this title!}, a fabulous velvet hanger and yummy little macaroon. So darling, right?
    skirt | similar shoes & here | similar hat | similar top
    This skirt is buttery soft, to say at the least. It also fit perfect and snug over my belly, which is great even though it's not titled a "maternity" item. I've tried to save my money throughout this pregnancy and not purchase unnecessary amounts of maternity clothes that only last a few short months - so a piece as versatile as this is perfect. And it'll be amazing with my postpartum body as well! It has multiple soft, flowy layers, so it's inevitably flattering.
    Not to mention... it has my own artwork on it! This will never get old to me. I am continually grateful for opportunities like this. As a little girl, I would have never dreamt that I would be wearing my own artwork.. not to mention, being a full time artist in general!

    Basically.. this post is just to share my gratitude. And also, being a proud soccer mom wearing my own florals, of course. I really hope others are encouraged to "see the glass half-full", you will see such a huge change in your life finding the positive in things you may have thought were meant to be negative. There's room for all of us to be happy!
    Happy happy spring, friends! xo
  • a baby shower in the garden

    The time has come! After much reluctancy (on my end), we showered baby boy this weekend and I am so happy I decided to have a shower (very last minute, might i add! i genuinely hate the attention!) I happily painted my own invitation... I mean, it is my day job to do things like this ;) BUT, I never paint things for myself. It was fun to take my head out of work mode and paint a little something just for me. 
    My amazing sister, Ashley and my mom jumped on the party planning train the second I gave the OK - and I am not even slightly surprised how much effort and detail Ashley put into everything. She's very type-A when it comes to planning and almost always makes every tiny piece of decor by hand, no matter what the job is. She's one of the few people who understand and know my minimalistic, yet modern, eclectic, slight bohemian, nature inspired, rough around the edge style (HA), so of course her first thought for the theme was to be Peter Rabbit. I have always been inspired by Beatrix Potter story books and the sweetness of the illustrations and soft color tones. Not to mention, it's based out in nature and obviously I am all things leafy and earthy.. DUH. Every plant and vegetable you see is real, too. Real life garden party!
    My parent's house on the farm is the coziest, most quiet place so it just all tied in together perfectly. So yes, they nailed everything on the dang head. We constantly tell Ashley that party planning is her life calling, but I think she genuinely just enjoys creating things from her heart and soul. I would say we are very related in that sense :) My siblings all have this type of work ethic in common! We love creating original content, it's so fulfilling!
    It was such a nice, easy going morning gathered by so many lovely friends and family. Baby boy is absolutely spoiled rotten already!
    My parent's front entrance felt like a tiny little farmer's market with 3ft tall Peter Rabbit characters greeting you at the front door. So freakin' cute, right?!
    The weather was amazing this weekend, sunshiny & high 60's - so we left the door wide open to greet our friends to welcome themselves in with the lovely breeze following behind them {open windows and doors are a RARITY with Texas -- March is the sweet spot between freezing and mosquito/flies season} 
    Ashley set up a little guestbook type station once everyone walked in. And next to that was the party favor section - customizable essential oil rice/lavender bags. Such a fun thing to keep in your car or office space to give a calming scent. Of course, Ashley thought of this, and yes, it's adorable.
    This is easily my favorite part! The painting block room.
    We aren't the biggest fans of cheesy baby shower games, so this little activity was light, easy for everyone & practical since I got to take them home! I didn't get a moment to sit and paint, but it made me giddy seeing the girls gather and channel their inner painter ;) My parent's house is open with tall ceilings, so the rooms were divided but still feel all together - if that makes sense?!
    So of course, Frank Sinatra was blaring in the kitchen for all these open rooms to enjoy in the background. He's my abbbbbsolute favorite. Jazz 4 ever.
    The master minds behind it all! Ashley is to my left and mama to my right. 
    Cute & tiny little fact - 
    Ash painted these little pictures on edible sugar paper for the cakes. Kidding me?!
    We were having too much fun, so I only got a couple pictures with a few of the many gals that came!
    I'm still in sliiight denial that we will have a baby in a few short weeks. It's slowly getting real and my bending over skills are slowly decreasing. Basically every emotion has come across mine and Andrew's bodies - trying to make time slow down so we can soak in these special moments!

    All my best wishes to y'all and hope your weekend was just as beautiful as it was in Texas! xo
  • a belated 33 week update

    HOW ARE YOU FEELING? SYMPTOMS?
    Still feeling great! Defffffinitely feeling larger each and every day. I didn't know my belly could feel so stretched until the next day comes and it's even more than before, haha! Embracing my changing body, but kind of excited about the thought of being able to sleep on my stomach in a few weeks (that's if I'll be sleeping at all, HA!). The first trimester fatigue symptoms came back with a vengeance for a hot second.. NO THANK YOU! 
    SIZE OF BABY
    A honeydew melon! About 4.5 lbs. 
    CRAVINGS?
    Nada. I thought today that I was craving fruit, so I ate a couple raspberries, then was fine afterwards. LOL. Still no force-husband-to-run-to-dairy-queen type cravings! 
    GENDER
    Still our little dude :)
    MATERNITY CLOTHES
    I can't believe I haven't bought any maternity clothes being almost 9 months pregnant... I'd literally rather just re-wear cute sweat pants all week long than purchase some jeans that'll only last a few months in my wardrobe. I also have zero problem with secretly walking around with my normal jeans unzipped/unbuttoned... is that something you aren't supposed to admit? I think pride goes out the window when you're sharing a bladder with a tiny child and your belly inevitably peaks beneath your t-shirts.
    EXERCISE
    This has significantly slowed down for the last couple weeks.. I had a couple freak accidents with Braxton Hicks contractions that spooked me a few times that lead to a trip to my OB for testing, so I've realized I have to relax with my cardio and running a bit. Both of my nieces were born 6 weeks early (that would be 4 days from today if I were to follow in my sister's footsteps.. OMG) and I ain't tryna have a NICU baby over here! But still staying active and listening to my body whenever it tells me to chill out :)
    CHALLENGES
    My own mind! I swear I dig so deep in my head when I start thinking about the things that are to come, how unprepared I feel, the scary things about labor and afterward, continuing to be a good wife while learning to be a good, new mother.. you know.. very average, low key things. NOT. Sometimes I just have to stop myself and breathe! I am kind of a control freak and the fear of the unknown drives me crazy, so these last weeks of pregnancy are definitely testing my anxiety levels.. Any mamas with this type of issue that have any sort of solution to ease the mind - HOLLA AT YA GIRL because I am low-key flipping out over here :')
    Also.. bending over. That's very much so a challenge.
    BEST MOMENTS
    Whenever I'm able to chill out and breathe and start thinking of the magical, beautiful things that are to come so soon. Imaging Andrew as a father. He is going to be so unbelievable. I'm sure I'll be falling in love with him all over again every day.. just with a little more spit up on his shirt than normal :) Also, getting all his tiny clothes washed & hung up by teeny velvet hangers.. I DIE! This is why we have kids, guys. For the tiny, adorable baby clothes. (Just kidding.. obviously. Kind of). My mother-in-law and I scrounged around their basement and found a couple clothes Andrew wore as a baby, so those were especially fun to wash and hang up.
    PREGNANCY PURCHASES/FAVORITE ITEMS SO FAR
    A big blog post for this is still coming! Just add that to my procrastination list :)
    -I have been wearing this waist extender over my jeans on the days I feel like looking presentable and not completely expose that my pants are unzipped, definitely worth buying so I can wear my own jeans!
    -Since I don't have any maternity tops, these Madewell button ups are freaking fabulous for the belly. They're long enough to hit your waist and are flattering on the bump! I have this one and this one, too. (they run big and roomy, so size down if that ain't your thing)
    -Andrew got me this exact water bottle knowing my daily water intake needs to be no less than a billion ounces, hah! And I will especially need to while I'm breastfeeding. I'm obsessed with it and refuse to drink out of anything else. I love that it holds a ton of liquids without being bulky and obnoxious and the straw is my absolute FAVVV part, y'all. Doesn't take much, haha.

     

    Happy March, y'all! So happy to see Spring just around the corner. We will be out in the warm Texas sun this weekend, hope yours is just as fabulous. xo