Thursday, June 25, 2015

memories in pink... maternity outfit

Pink Blouse ~ Thrift
White Camisole ~ Walmart
Gray Skirt ~ Thrift
White Flip-flops ~ Walmart
Rosebud Headband ~ Claires
Owl Necklace ~ Walmart

I can't say it enough:  I LOVE MAXI SKIRTS.

This spring/summer they have been a life-saver as my body continues to change.  They are so soft, so forgiving, and (most importantly right now) so stretchy!!!  

These pictures are from before my trip to Indiana (I think I was a little over 27 weeks when these were taken).  I'm sure you'll all be happy to hear that my trip was absolutely beautiful and I returned home safely yesterday.  My next couple of posts will most definitely be including pictures from those ten days with my wonderful family.

I've actually worn this shirt and skirt together for an outfit post before... nearly two years ago.  And I was pregnant then too.  It was bitter-sweet looking at the older pictures since they were taken only about a week before I lost my first baby.  BUT, it is also so beautiful to see how much has changed since then.  My heart still aches for Promise, but, even as my eyes fill with tears at the thought of how short my time was with my precious child, this second beautiful baby is squirming inside of me.  My sweet daughter, Serenity, is such a gift.  She isn't a replacement... she is her own special person, different and equally wondrous... but she is indeed a healing balm to my heart.
If you'd like to read the original post for this outfit, here it is! And please rejoice with me!  I am crying as I write these words... partly missing my child in heaven, but also so grateful for this undeserved, gracious gift of the little girl I am now carrying.  <3

Soooo.... it is getting very hot here.  Almost 110 yesterday, which is rather uncomfortable for this gal.
These days I am layering is little as possible (though finding tops/dresses that don't need some extra coverage up top or, at least with blouses, extra length on the bottom is a bit difficult at times).  I will definitely continue to post outfit pictures whenever possible!  Hopefully it has been fun for you ladies (whether or not you've ever been pregnant!) to see how I'm styling my bump.  Even with the obstacles I've faced, I am truly enjoying it!

Any update on my pregnancy would be this:  I'm BIG... I am currently measuring 31 weeks (which, thankfully, isn't enough ahead to be concerned about... Rennie Faye is just a big, happy baby!)... I am loving anything airy and vintage-style when it comes to baby clothes/accessories/nursery decor (I'm guessing that doesn't surprise you all... if you want to see my style inspiration for her, you can check out my Pinterest board for her here!)... Serenity's heartbeat is nice and strong (as are her kicks)... I am sore quite a lot these days and, yes, sometimes can't see my ankles from all of the swelling (thankfully things like taking a cold shower, keeping my feet elevated, and drinking more fluids help with that a lot)... We now have a glider and crib!!!  We are planning on having her sleep right next to us (pretty much making the crib an extension of our bed) since I will be night-nursing quite a bit (I know I haven't shared much about our decisions when it comes to delivery, feeding, infant care, etc... if you are curious, feel free to ask!).  All in all, we are so excited and are soaking up what remains of this pregnancy!  Can't believe that she will be here in 10-ish weeks!!!  *attempts a happy dance which ends up looking more like a weird waddle-sway and starts laughing and snorting at how silly I must look* 

I hope you have all had a beauteous week, my friends!  Today is a "down day" for me since yesterday was so crazy with traveling and I also had my 30-week midwife appointment this morning.  The next thing on my "to do" list for today is to walk gently on my treadmill while re-watching episodes from Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.   :-D



Natasha Atkerson said...

We are so blessed to have a God who turns our tears into joy.

It doesn't feel like that long ago I was grieving with you-now I'm excited to see photos your pecious gal.
A modest fashion blog:

OldFashionGirl said...

You look so nice! I AM SO HAPPY YOUR PREGNANCY IS GOING WELL! Blessings to you!

Julia Ryan said...

Ohh, I'm trying to remember! I took a whole herbal course last year, and I remember something about how to help the swelling in your ankles during your pregnancy to reduce. I also learned about that in my midwifery course that I took last November... I'll have to go run up to my room and look in my note book. ;) My mom said that ankle swelling is one of the worst things.
(30 minutes later!) Aha! Found it! If you find some stinging nettle tea (or just nettle, don't worry, the stinging part is only when the plant is alive. ;)), and drink it, I'm sure some of your swelling will go down! From what I learned in both my herbal and midwifery course, when you are pregnant you start holding water, which can be painful. :P I sure hope you will be able to find some relief from this! :)
Praying for your and your precious baby!

P.s. sorry for the over extreme comment LOL!

happyinheels blog said...

You're so sweet. I love the grey and pink mix!