38 WEEK BUMPDATE

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Kimi and Kai C/O

Happy Friday everybody!! Today I am officially 38 weeks pregnant and SO READY to have this baby. Maybe it’s the heat, but it is really challenging to be so pregnant. I am not sure what I was thinking being heavily pregnant in the middle of July but hey at least the end is near! Everyone told me “Just wait for the end” and I had no idea what they meant…well now I do! It ain’t easy! That said, I feel so close! I can’t believe we are so close to meeting baby girl! Anyways, I love love the colors of this Kimi and Kai dress. It’s this really nice stretch jersey fabric and I love the fit. I hope you guys enjoy my bumpdate below!

How far along are you?

38 weeks!! 9 Months pregnant and 2 weeks away from my due date!

Due Date:

August 4th

What are your cravings?

I am so hungry and thirsty 24/7. I can’t seem to quench my thirst. It’s really weird! I have been craving fruit and iced tea. I also have recently discover the Acai Bowls at Juice Generation and I am obsessed with the JackPot one. It’s SO GOOD!

Boy or Girl?

Baby girl 🙂

What size is the baby?

No idea at this point. Two weeks ago she was 6 lbs 12 ounces and supposedly the baby gains a 1/2 lb per week so she must be close to 8 lbs by now right?? EEEK!

How much weight have you gained? 

44 lbs. AAAH. I know I am tall so my weight gain is different than most ladies but it’s crazy to see that number! Carrying around the extra weight is SO tough and I am looking forward to getting back into shape once baby girl arrives.

How are you sleeping?

It’s hit or miss. Some nights I sleep really well and other nights I sleep terribly. It just depends!

Have you felt the baby kick?

Ohhhh yea! Baby is so big in my belly. I actually called the dr. last week because baby was moving SO much I thought she was in distress. Apparently there is no such thing as too much movement so all good.

What has been the hardest thing about your pregnancy thus far?

The end is the hardest. Physically it is super difficult, but it’s also tough becuase I know that these are our last two weeks before our life gets flipped upside down. I am trying to find the energy to take advantage of our time together and see friends etc. but I am just so uncomfortable. I sort of feel guilty that all I want to do is hole up in our apartment and lay horizontally on my couch! I know it’s fine and I need to rest, but I weirdly feel bad about it.

What do you miss about before being pregnant? 

WINE! MARGARITAS! COLD CUTS!

Thoughts, and extras

I can’t wait to meet baby girl 🙂 What do you guys think? Is she coming early?? Or do you think she is going to take her sweet time?

xoxo-J

COLORBLOCK MATERNITY DRESS

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Kimi and Kai C/O Sandals: Asos

Hey guys! Being pregnant and feeling good in your clothes is a really tough feat. Your body is always changing and I for one had a tough time embracing the belly and weight gain that went along with it! I have really made it my mission to find clothing that has made me feel beautiful throughout this experience, and I just discovered a brand that does just that! Kimi and Kai Maternity reached out to me asking if I would be willing to try some of their pieces. I instantly fell in love with the quality and the fit of their line. I also loved this specific color block dress with the strategically placed curves! Super flattering! I’ll be sharing a few more looks from this line on the blog over the next few weeks!

Anyways, today I am heading to the doctor for my 38 week check up. I am anxious to see if I have progressed at all. I keep thinking I am going into labor every other day but I figure I’ll know for sure when the time comes!! Wish me luck!

Xoxo-J

A CHAMBRAY MINI DRESS

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Octavia Maternity Similar options here, here and here Earrings: H&M (sold out online but available in-store) similar here and here Shoes: Adidas

Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all had a great weekend. Matt’s Dad came to visit us and we spent the weekend basically eating our way through NYC which as a very pregnant lady, was fine by me! Have you guys tried ABC Cocina? We went there for dinner on Saturday night and it was delicious! They had an amazing virgin piña colada which I thoroughly enjoyed ha! Anyways, as you all know, my feet are so swollen so I have had to get very creative with my styling the last few months of my pregnancy. Adidas came out with a bunch of colors of these striped slides and I picked up a navy and red pair. They have been sold out a ton of places so I’m so excited I found them stocked in all sizes at Journey’s.

I also really love this off the shoulder mini dress. To be honest, it’s a little on the short side for my tall frame and big belly, but it will be great to wear after baby and my options are limited at the moment ha! I linked a ton of other options for you guys. I think a chambray off the shoulder dress is a total wardrobe must have for summer. They are so comfy and versatile!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

xoxo-J

37 WEEK BUMPDATE!

Look at that bump!!!! INSANE!

Photography by Shadi Garman

Earrings: Sugarfix c/0 Necklace: Sugarfix c/o Dress: Seraphine Maternity Sandals: Asos

Happy Friday everyone!!! This week surprisingly flew by which is funny because I thought the next weeks would go by at a snail’s pace since I’m so close to baby’s arrival. Work has been super busy which has kept me occupied! For those of you who don’t know, blogging is my part time hobby. I actually work full time for Iconix Brand Group as a Marketing Manager for a portfolio of women’s and home brands in NYC. I love my job, but it has been SUPER tough to get up in the morning and go to work. The mornings are my toughest time and having to get up early, shower and look presentable all before 9 A.M. is the last thing I want to do most days. It’s also especially hard to commute in this heat! I actually have a ridiculously short commute (I work 20 blocks from my apt.) but the subway and walking in the summer heat is tough on me. I am also thinking that maybe it’s time for me NOT to take the subway! Can you imagine if my water broke on the subway! Ha! WORST NIGHTMARE!

Anyways, that was quite a rant haha! Let’s talk this look! Now that I am 37 weeks pregnant, I clearly am not planning on buying any more maternity clothing. That ship has sailed! I have been wearing some of the same things on repeat and just updating the accessories to create different looks. I was super excited when Sugarfix by BaubleBar asked if I wanted to try out their accessories. I am a huge fan of BaubleBar and had no idea they had another collection available at Target! They sent me a number of pieces and I really love them! This turquoise set is gorgeous and I love a statement earring and necklace and especially a statement set. I kept the rest of the look pretty minimal since I wanted the jewelry to be the focus of the outfit. I paired it with these Asos sandals which are the only nice shoe that fit me right now. I actually had to take them to the shoe cobbler to get the band and clasp extended because they were getting too tight haha!

How far along are you?

37 weeks!! 9 Months pregnant and 3 weeks away from my due date!

Due Date:

August 4th

What are your cravings?

I am SO thirsty all the time. I can’t get enough water, iced tea or anything refreshing. It may be because it’s just so dang hot out but either way I am constantly drinking fluids! I am also still loving fruit, especially blueberries and peaches. I also had the most delicious sausage, egg and cheese sandwich the other day and that sounds REALLY good right about now ha!

Boy or Girl?

Baby girl 🙂

What size is the baby?

We had our 36 week ultrasound and were told that the baby was already 6 lbs 12 ounces so at this point it’s been a week and they gain a half lb per week until birth so I think she is probably over 7 lbs already! They think she will be 8-8.5 lbs at birth! EEK!

How much weight have you gained? 

42 lbs. Insane. I will say the swelling has gotten worse and a lot of my weight gain is from that. At this point too, the baby is gaining a ton of weight so I am feeling that as well. It’s not easy to carry the weight around. Since I haven’t been able to exercise throughout my pregnancy I have tried to walk at least a few miles a day. I still do, but it is REALLY tough to walk with the extra weight…phew!

How are you sleeping?

I am sleeping well but I get up 3-4 times a night to go to the restroom now! The baby is just sitting right on my bladder!

Have you felt the baby kick?

Yep! Baby girl is a mover and a shaker. She is also getting so big that she has started to kick my ribs. The other day I was in a meeting and she kicked me so hard in the rib that I yelled out! My poor co-workers thought I was in labor and freaked out!!

What has been the hardest thing about your pregnancy thus far?

If you’ve been following along you know this hasn’t been a cake walk for me but I am tired of complaining. I am just so excited to meet this baby girl and start our little family. I only have three weeks to go, maybe less so I can handle whatever comes!!

What do you miss about before being pregnant? 

WINE!

Thoughts, and extras

I can’t believe Matt and I only have these next few weeks just the two of us. Going to give him extra snuggles and cuddles because I’m sure we will both be obsessed with giving baby girl all the love when she arrives!!

xoxo,

J

GINGHAM MATERNITY DRESS

 

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Asos Sandals: Birkenstock Bag: Asos Necklace: Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace

Happy Wednesday everybody!! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. I can’t believe I am slowly coming to the end of my pregnancy. I have three weeks from Friday until my due date and it’s getting pretty surreal. Since I’m so close to the end I am really not buying anything new unless I feel like I can wear it after baby. I got this Asos dress because I figured it would be an awesome post-pardum option. The off the shoulder neckline makes it really easy to breast feed and the flowy bodice will cover up my middle. I also loved that it was only $40! I also had been looking for a white bucket bag to wear during the summer and I found this cute Asos one for under $40 too. I have worn it every day since I got it and I love that it is faux leather so I can just wipe it clean!

I hope you all have a great rest of your week!

xoxo-J

Check out some of my other favorite gingham options below:

NEW YORK CITY BLUES + MY 36 WEEK BUMPDATE

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Tart Collections in black here Sandals: Birkenstocks haha! Earrings: H & M

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July! Matt and I had a very busy weekend. We went out to the Jersey shore for an overnight on Saturday and then the rest of the weekend we spent nesting and organizing for baby girl to arrive! We set up EVERYTHING and I honestly have to say I feel ready for her to come. It’s so surreal having all her things just set up and ready and all we need is a little babe to bring home. I am exactly one month from my due date as of yesterday, so I thought I’d do another “bumpdate” for those of you who want to know how my pregnancy has been going recently!

How far along are you?

I will be 36 weeks on Friday and a month out from my due date. Officially 9 months!

Due Date:

August 4th

What are your cravings?

iced tea, fruit (obsessed with peaches at the moment), bagels, donuts, ice cream, and I can’t get enough water. I am so thirsty all the time!

Boy or Girl?

Baby Girl!

What size is the baby?

We find out Friday exactly how much baby weighs but my app says baby should weigh around 5.5 lbs and is the size of a spaghetti squash. I have a feeling she weighs more than that considering how uncomfortable this has gotten!

How much weight have you gained? 

I have gained 38 lbs and man do I feel it. It’s a weird thing to just watch the scale go up every week. I am pretty healthy most of the time and do my best to stay as active as I can. I can’t really exercise because of my back but I walk at least 2-3 miles a day. The weight I have gained feels different than fat. It’s hard to explain. I have such swollen everything, feet, hands, arms, legs, etc. and I feel like I just retain so much water. I have been told by my doctor that this is totally normal so I am just going with the flow, but it is so hard to gain weight. I have always been on the trimmer side so my body is certainly feeling the affects of the weight gain!

How are you sleeping?

I am still getting my sleep but it is becoming more and more difficult to get comfortable. The baby just feels really big these days and I have to have support under my belly to fall asleep. Thank goodness for the snoogle ;)!

Have you felt the baby kick yet?

Yes but instead of kicks I feel intense movement. She really favors the right side and has started to stretch her feet out and press. It’s the weirdest sensation and Matt has been able to actually feel her little feet through my belly. It isn’t comfortable for me but it’s so cute I don’t mind ;)!

What has been the hardest thing about your pregnancy thus far?

At this point physically everything is tough. I am super uncomfortable. I feel so unsteady and am definitely starting to waddle ha! I heard the last month is the hardest and I can confirm it certainly is!

What do you miss about before being pregnant? 

Wearing cute shoes and heels! I can only wear my Birkenstocks and a few pairs of mens adidas sandals I bought lol. It is a bit limiting fashion wise ;). I’m also just ready to have my body back and not be in pain and uncomfortable all the time.

Thoughts, and extras

I am SO ready to have this baby and sometimes get overwhelmed thinking I still have at least four weeks left to go. I have to remind myself that this discomfort is going to result in a beautiful little girl but it isn’t easy to be content and present. Thank god for my amazing husband who is so supportive and loving. We are doing all we can to soak up this time just the two of us before baby girl comes.

Xoxo-J

MY NYC SHOWER

I wanted to share a few photos from my NYC baby shower thrown by my Mom and sister. They outdid themselves and threw me the most gorgeous shower of my dreams. It was intimate with incredibly thoughtful touches. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Dress: Asos Comes in multiple colors! Here it is in black, light blue, light blue (tall) and green! I have this dress in the light blue and pink. It is my favorite maternity neckline and style and only $35!!

The shower was thrown at Maysville in Flatiron right down the street from our apartment. They have a beautiful and intimate back room perfect for small parties and events. How beautiful is the tablescape? My Mom did all the floral arrangements herself! She is so talented!

The food was SO GOOD I can’t even get over it. Maysville printed these beautiful menus and the favors were sent to me by my sister in law Lisa. They were so beautiful and such a wonderful takeaway.

Custom cake by Empire Cakes! It was just as good as it was beautiful!

My sister and I 🙂 My best friend!My Mommy 🙂 ! I hope to have a relationship with my daughter like we share!

Thank you Shadi for capturing these moments!! I love you!

My baby daddy stopped by at the end!! My baby shower was the most beautiful celebration and I can’t thank my Mom and sister enough for all of their hard work and love.

Xoxo-J

ANNIVERSARY DRESS

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Ripe Maternity Earrings: Charming Charlie Handbag: Gucci  Shoes: Asos

Hi Guys! I hope you’re having a great beginning of the week. I can’t believe the fourth of July is next week. Where has the summer gone?! I wore this dress to dinner for Matt and my 2nd wedding anniversary last week. I thought the pattern was really fun and different and the fit was really flattering and comfy. I’m all about comfort these days! I paired it with fun statement earrings from Charming Charlie’s (only $10) and these Asos sandals. Note that the sandals are NOT featured in these photos because my feet are currently ENORMOUS and I am embarrassed to show you guys haha! I ordered these flats for my baby shower and had to take them to our local shoe repair store to have the straps extended! My swollen feet are no joke people!!

This Friday I am officially 35 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe I am basically a little over a month away from meeting my daughter. Let’s just pray that my feet don’t grow anymore or else I’ll have to walk around barefoot!

Xoxo-J

WAITING FOR YOU…

I can’t believe we have less than six weeks to go before we meet our daughter. It is all starting to hit me that she will be in my arms in the blink of an eye. I wanted to document “the bump” as a reminder to myself what a physical feat pregnancy is. Shadi, thank you for capturing these raw moments. This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I know it will be the most rewarding. We love you baby girl and we can’t wait to meet you.

Photography by Shadi Garman

Robe: Victoria’s Secret

2 YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

     Today is our two year wedding anniversary!! I honestly can not believe it’s already been two years. The last few years have been the best years of my life and spending them with Matt has been the reason why. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life. He is my best friend on planet earth and I honestly can’t say enough about how happy he makes me. Once I met him I felt complete, and I just love him so much! I wanted to share a few images from our wedding day. These are such precious memories and I love looking back on the day we became one forever.

Photography by Katie Pietrowski