buffalo plaid | outdoorsy fall look

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Vest: similar, Jeans: Target, Top: similar, Boots: similar, Bag: similar 

I’m so happy I tried on a few of my maternity tops the other day. A few weeks ago, they still looked pretty weird on my kind of lumpy bump (it’s lumpy because of previously having strong abs, so I’m not complaining – but it does look kind of weird from some angles… ). I feel like just in the last few days, I’ve gotten to a point where maternity tops really accentuate everything in the right way, and I’m excited to wear the few actual maternity items I’ve bought. I’m really leaning towards vests this fall. I’ve got several in the backlog for future outfits, and it’s great because I’ll be able to wear them with maternity clothes, and after the baby’s born as well.

We find out the gender of our baby in one week!!

We’re so excited to finally have a little hint at who this baby is going to be. I’m not sure how we’ll announce the gender yet, but I will be sure to let everyone know, one way or another. Either way, I’ve got a pinterest board full of little baby and toddler outfits, and I’m ready to make this baby look adorable. ;)

The Journey: My efforts toward a healthy pregnancy

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At 5 months pregnant, (the halfway point – yay!), I had hoped I would chronicle my pregnancy a little more closely on the blog. Unfortunately, the (sometimes) overwhelming exhaustion from early pregnancy, combined with moving houses, has really taken its toll on my best efforts and love of blogging. I’ve been so happy to get back to a little blogging, here and there, recently, and I can’t wait to introduce you all to the new little member of our family, come February.

So, let’s talk a little about these past five months. I’ll start off by saying that we planned to start trying to get pregnant, so I knew it could happen beforehand, and had time to tweak my diet and exercise regime as needed. I added in more vigorous abdominal and back exercises, since I knew I’d be training my abdomen less during pregnancy, and I’d need those wonderful back muscles to support my increasing weight. I also tried to add in more vegetables into my diet, especially those I knew to increase fertility. I’m so so so glad I did all of this. I think it’s been the key to the health of my pregnancy, so far.

I know every pregnancy is different, but my own experience has been that the first trimester of pregnancy was quite a bit more exhausting than I honestly expected. I’ll shoot you straight – I kind of thought everyone exaggerated the extreme tiredness, but no – for me, that one was entirely true. But, here’s the reason I believe I was so exhausted: I was used to eating a certain way, and exercising a certain way, every day/ every week. During the first three months of my pregnancy, I had terrible food aversions, so I was unable to stick to my eating plan… in fact, I was unable to eat much at all. I lost about six pounds, and I felt like I was starving all the time. Luckily, I’ve regained that weight, plus a few pounds, and my doctor is pleased with my weight-gain at this point.

I’ve kept up with walking, jogging on the elliptical, body weight exercises, and light-weight/ low-resistance exercises, exactly as I used to train before. In the beginning, of course, a lot less frequently, but I’m happy to say that the past 8 weeks, I’ve had the energy to continue basically the same routine as pre-pregnancy (with just a few adjustments).

My diet has also been the same as pre-pregnancy, since my food aversions improved. It’s been a cyclical thing. I eat well, so I have more energy, so I workout with the same intensity, which gives me even more energy. I’m grateful for a healthy pregnancy so far, and I plan to do everything within my control to keep it up.

 

mustard + leopard

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When it comes to fall, there are three colors that I tend to gravitate towards the most, and kind of revolve my wardrobe around all season – Burgundy, Hunter Green, and Mustard. There’s something about playing off the leaves and the actual backdrop of colors for fall that make it seem so perfect and seasonal. I’ve been on the hunt for a some cute little cognac booties for a while now, and while I was originally against peep toe booties (Do you wear them in the fall? Are your toes going to get cold? It’s confusing, like a short-sleeved sweater dress), I opted for these because, well, I’m ready to wear my fall clothes, and it doesn’t feel quite like fall here, just yet. Bring on the burgundy tops! I’ve got my pretend fall booties, and I’m ready to party.

Fall Feeling

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Top: Jones New York // Jacket: Rock & Republic // Jeans: Similar // Booties: Similar // Clutch: c/o Fancy Details Boutique // Scarf: Similar

While it may still be near 80 degrees outside, my calendar says September, and I’m gearing up for fall, now. Yesterday, it felt like fall outside. Cloudy, cool… you could smell fall in the air. It’s definitely right around the corner. So, I took the opportunity to pull out all of my fall things and dress myself up like a character from my pin boards. I’m looking forward to fall clothes even more than ever, this year, because dressing the ever-growing baby bump has been getting more and more difficult with my Summer wardrobe. Fall layers and temperatures just work out better when you’re trying to look cool and put together while pregnant. I am so excited about layering all of these textures and patterns. It’s most definitely the BEST fashion season!

red + white

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Skirt: similar, Top: Banana Republic, Necklace: c/o Rosegal, Clutch: c/o Fancy Details Boutique, Pumps: Daily Look

The funny thing about circumstances… is once they get better, you tend to look back on a bad time in a little better light. Good thing, for me, because the first trimester of pregnancy was pretty rough. Now, that’s given my own personal experience of rarely being sick, or seldom unable to do things for myself. Ross says I have had an easy pregnancy, so far. He’s probably right, compared to some women. I just, honestly, wasn’t expecting pregnancy to drain me of energy and strength quite so hard. I did’nt have morning sickness – though I did have afternoon nausea most days. What I did have were terrible food aversions. Everything we had – our whole house – even my own scent, repulsed me. That was why I had no energy or strength. If you’re in the first 12 weeks right now, I am sorry. But, it will get better! At around 14 weeks, I started to feel like myself again. I can eat regular meals now, and I have so so so much more energy!

I’m looking forward to watching this bump grow. I already can’t wear certain clothes, and I know it’s going to be tough to try and dress nice, when you look like you have a giant pumpkin in your midsection. Well, we’re going into fall, right? Pumpkins are in.