Where I buy maternity clothes

I suppose one of the most signature looks I have could also be classified as loungewear. I like to keep things pretty casual. I’m all about comfort.

I thought I’d show you where I’ve been shopping for the majority of my pregnancy (and I’m also including the places that have sent me stuff because some of the items are truly one’s I’d buy with my own money). I mean. Why promote it if I wouldn’t buy it with my own money, right?

Either way, my pal from back home, Bobbi requested I do a favourite store post, for maternity clothing. I’m a bit late to the game as I’m pretty sure she requested me to do this ages ago.

A lot of the stores here are definitely much more accesible here to me, as every store imaginable almost ships to USA residents. In Canada places are bad for customs (I’ve yet to see that here in the USA, maybe iut’s not even a thing? Can anyone claifry?)

Okay 28 weeks into the pregnancy. Wearing a ton of maternity clothing now, but still wearing a lot of non-maternity tops that I’ve purchased from Forever 21, and Target over the years – empire/flowy tops are my jam, and definitely come in handy with a belly.

For the pants, I’ve opted for only 2 maternity pairs, and I purchased them both from H&M. One is a pair of Mama Skinny Jeans ($3-0) and the other is a pair of $12 leggings. I ain’t gonna be squishin’ the belly with pre-preg jeans and be uncomfortable, when I have pants that literally go right up to my boobs. There’s no question about it – it’s comfort gold.

None of my jackets will zip up,  I fret that come January/February I’ll be super chilly but my husband suggested I just wear his larger jackets. Score. I’m not going to be buying a winter coat down here when I can simply wear his (for as long as I can). Then I’ll just have to get smart about the layering with scarves to keep my front warm.

The majority of my go-to shops for maternity wear: Target, H&M, Forever 21, and PinkBlush. I’m not one to spend a ton of money on clothing, because I almost always spill something on myself or ruin it quickly, and I don’t even go to fancy-pants places to invest in gorgeous silky tops for instance. Like I said, I have my comfort zone and I stick to it.

Here’s my new top from PinkBlush it’s the Black Striped Maternity Knot Sweater, and it’s super cozy and soft feeling.

Wearing:
PinkBlush Black Striped Maternity Knot Sweater ($36)
H&M Mama Super Skinny Maternity Jeans ($35)
Slippers + Starbucks (lol)

A few days ago I took Alfie to the park, just for a change of scenery. Oh, and random but someone asked me if I’m due soon. Does that mean she thought I was 9 months pregnant already? Hmmmmmm……..wonderful.

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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Pregnancy update: Second Trimester

I’m 26 weeks this week, making it my last week in my second trimester. Time is flying by, and I feel like I’m not ready for my Doctor’s orders to make all these hospital labour and delivery appointments, tours, etc. I suppose everyone feels that way though, don’t they. 

We have a ton of stuff for the nursery, a lot of it thanks to PR samples and pitching. We even have a jogging stroller for when the kid is old enough to be bouncin’ around on the streets with us for our runs.

Here’s an update on my second trimester. Things took a bit of a backburner as soon as Alfie got sick within the last month, so that part is a little blurry. But other than that, stay tuned to the end for another pregnancy outfit of the day.

Week 14-15| TMI: Not sure whether or not to blame the stuffy (kinda bloody) nose on the trip to Idaho, or to blame it on week 14-15 symptoms. I’ll chalk it up to both. But it immediately stopped as soon as we drove back to California. So perhaps it was Idaho? I cried irrationally for the first time this week too. Literally bawled and sobbed for no reason and it made Scott laugh. He asked what was wrong and I told him I was mad and I didn’t know why!? Hormones man. I also think it has to do with me thinking about my Father and him not being alive, hearing about all my baby news. Other than that one out-burst I haven’t been overly emotional. This week is also when I started to wake up 2-3x/night to pee. It doesn’t affect my sleep, but I am definitely wide awake checking my phone at all hours of the night, and feeling completely rested by 6am (I’m not even a morning person!).

Week 16-17| Again, pretty uneventful with the symptoms/updates. An “easy” pregnancy I guess you could say. We told a few more friends about the baby. This is when I feel like I couldn’t wear my regular skinny jeans anymore. Stretchy-Zara-Jeggings all the way. But I still had to unbutton them after dinner. I also went a big wild purchasing a few baby clothes this week. Didn’t want to jinx anything beforehand, so I didn’t buy anything until this week. I started packing up the house this week – dreadful! I emptied out my entire closet (minus the things I wanted to wear for the rest of the month) and purged SO much stuff. What a feeling. I hope I don’t regret some of the stuff I donated, ha!

Week 18-19| At 18 weeks I finally I made my announcement on the blog! Week 18 I did a lot of eating as I was on a press-trip (lol). Then week 19 lead to a lot of me feeling impatient and angry for some strange reason! Perhaps the baby loved all the food the previous week and started realizing that wasn’t a normal every-day occurrence and got hangry? Jokes…

Week 20-21| I started having to wake up 2x a night to use the washroom (so annoying). I also noticed it was more difficult to roll out of bed, and come to a seated position. Guess the belly is in charge! At 21 weeks I was at the point where I was sitting in the midst of moving boxes on one of the stairs, stuck between boxes and a wall and I could NOT get up. I started laughing, and Scott had to give me a lending hand to literally get up off the floor. Alfie had been getting sick around this time, for about 3 weeks at this point. At week 21-22 I spent the entire week home with him (well, I normally do but you know sometimes I made coffee-date plans, etc.).

Week 22| Feeling like time is flying by. On the day I turned 22 weeks was also the move-day to our new home. A few friends discussed whether or not I’d be having a baby shower – and me not knowing those answers!

Week 23-26| Yep, time is flying by. Alfie unfortunately got sick around this time so I didn’t chime in and document all I’ve been feeling. But the belly is literally like a bowling ball (Scott’s words, not mine!), and it sure feels that way too. I have to put my underwear on in the a.m. a certain way. I have to rest one hand on the bathroom counter, or the bed, swing the undies on with one leg, and vice versa. It sounds funny, but it’s really annoying. And at the end of the days now, I feel a bit of mild back pain and the belly sometimes needs to be carried. Ugh I’m one of THOSE people who hold their belly while walking! It’s a necessity for me right now to distribute some of that weight into my hands when we do our walks with Alfie. Starting next week I’ll be going to my ObGyn every 2 weeks, instead of once a month!

As for baby names, we do have it pretty narrowed down and I kinda love it! But for now, I’ll leave you hanging there, and give you another outfit of the day featuring my go-to maternity top brand, Shop Pink Blush.

Wearing:
PinkBlush Olive Striped Suede Sleeve ($36)
H&M Mama Leggings ($12) (told you I lived in them)
Target boots (from last year)
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Moto Satchel (that I won, and got signed by RM herself!)

You could easily wear this baseball tee when not pregnant either, since it’s just an empire style top. It’s so fun!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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When does pregnancy brain hit? (+OOTD)

Either you love the pregnancy updates, or you skip over them. When I wasn’t pregnant, I most definitely 100% skipped over them. No interest in them whatsoever, since it wasn’t relevant to me. Understandable if you do the same.

I know every pregnancy is different, but I didn’t think this brain-fuzz would happen to me. All this week and last (25 & 26 weeks) I’ve been very “out of it” with getting thoughts into words. It’s kind of funny actually, but can most definitely be frustrating at times. When you were preg, when (if) did pregnancy brain hit? Does everyone get it? There’s some things in your app or the books I’m reading that doesn’t go into that much detail. Bah! Those dumb apps (if I’m being honest) kept telling me “now you’re over that hump of getting morning sickness” and as I mentioned in my last pregnancy update, I never did have any sickness. So reading that was a bit of annoyance to me.

I can be a clumsy person, but I’ve been overly cautious of walking down the stairs (I usually race up them by 2’s or run down them) but now I’ve been holding the hand-rails because of my previous months of slipping down a few stairs (pre-pregnancy of course!). Now I’m noticing it’s a bit more difficult for me to get out of bed the way I used to. Now I have to roll over, use my arm to brace me then sit up. Hahahahahah it’s so ridiculous.

Anyway! Here’s another bump outfit of the day for you guys!

26 weeks pregnant, meaning I’ve booked the hospital tour this week, and looking into some classes that my ObGyn suggested I take (that cost $55/each, pfth!).

Wearing:
PinkBlush Ivory Striped Long Sleeved ($36)
H&M Mama Leggings ($12)
GAP cardigan (purchased this late summer)
Zara scarf (from 2013)
Nike sneakers
J.Crew purse (from 2011)

I only have 2 pairs of maternity pants, and I live in one of them (the leggings of course). Both of them are from H&M Maternity, but I’ve found that the less constricting feeling on my belly, the better I can breathe. Oof!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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