Love all of these ladies. I get so much inspiration from my fellow bloggers and I’m sure you will, too!
Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins
Delusions of Grandeur
Fast Food, Fast Fashion
Her Waise Choice
i am Khatu
Mix and Match Fashion
Respect the Shoes
Sew Petite Gal
Sydney’s Fashion Diary
The Petite Fitting Room
To brighten my day
Vicky’s Daily Fashion Blog
My Daily Reads
Love all of these ladies. I get so much inspiration from my fellow bloggers and I’m sure you will, too!
How Far Along: 22+5
Weight Gain: No idea. Haven’t weighed myself (and have no urge to do so).
Diet & Exercise: This is going fairly well. I’m still tracking what I eat on myfitnesspal. I’ve found my body is pretty good at telling me when and how much I need to eat. As long as I don’t allow myself to have a high calorie dessert I’m usually ok. I do crave dessert, but instead of eating ice cream or something, most days I do mini desserts like sugar free jello with a crushed Oreo, grapes with whipped cream or baked banana with frozen yogurt. As far as exercise goes, I’m still working out for one hour, most days of the week. I can still handle my regular workouts (yoga or “power yoga”) with minor modifications. Although they’re getting harder, I think I’ll be able to continue them for at least another month or two.
Maternity Clothes: Workout clothes have been my big issue recently. My pre-pregnancy ones are so tight they leave deep red, painful marks… on top of looking ridiculous. Especially bras. I’ve bought one new sports bra thus far (just a size up from what I usually wear), and it feels amazing every time I wear it. But its sold out now, of course. I have two more gorgeous bras on the way. I’m a little nervous my boobs will fall out of the first one (its expensive so I’d be happy to return it), but I have high hopes for the second. Tights are a little trickier. I don’t really like my belly fully covered, but low rise tights are way too tight around my hips/ low stomach. The only pair of tights that’s been working out so far is this Lululemon pair. I actually bought them before pregnancy and loved them then, too. Kinda a bummer that they’ll get all stretched out. Oh well. For regular, non-workout clothes I’ve just been browsing eBay. I have a few things on the way, nothing spectacular.
Raves: Overall I feel great! I’m excited to have a mini bump. Its just big enough to look like baby belly instead of chunky belly, but not so big that it really gets in the way or is hard to deal with. I can see why the second trimester is the best one! I also love feeling her move around. And her movement isn’t too disruptive thanks to that anterior placenta!
Rants: There will be some TMI in this section from now on. Fair warning. Lets start with the easy things. Back pain. Its still there, and it can get really bad. It made sleeping impossible until I got my amazing pregnancy pillow. I still have to pee all night (and day), but that’s not going to change. Heartburn and reflux are new. Its like mini vomiting. Disgusting. And then there’s the constipation. Its bad. If I don’t get it under control I’m gonna end up with hemorrhoids. Water + fiber + miralax better work. And lastly for today, linea nigra. You know, that dark line down the belly that some pregnant women get. Its starting.
Happy or Moody: Happy!
Preparation: Ben and I have not bought anything. We haven’t even started to look for baby stuff, unless looking for a new house counts?
Looking forward to: A family wedding this weekend! It’ll be busy, but I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun, even without alcohol. I’m pretty excited to have found dresses that actually fit, too (that took a lot of searching!). Also still looking forward to finding our first house. We looked at 7 or 8 so far and they were all no’s. Other than that, just kind of enjoying each day!
My first eBay purchase was over 10 years ago. Things were different then. Most eBay sellers were just regular people, not huge re-sellers or consignment stores. It was a friendly, personal and stress-free experience. Then came the age of small consignment sellers. Then huge consignment sellers. And then came the fake items, fraud and other hassles I now know to be a permanent risk of the eBay shopping experience. I’ve had my ups and downs with eBay. At times I though I would never buy or sell again. But with some extra precautions and acceptance of occasional pain-in-the-ass transactions, I decided to continue to buy pre-owned. I’d estimate about 50% of my wardrobe is from eBay.
Very few bloggers talk about buying things pre-owned. There are two main reasons for this. The first reason would be the obvious one… they don’t buy pre-owned. This may or may not be tied to reason number two, which is the lack of (at least perceived) money-making potential from pre-owned purchases.
I want to be clear. Blogging actually brings in a good amount of money if you put some time into it. Even on this teeny tiny blog, when I was blogging regularly, I’d easily make $1500-$2000 per month. Not bad for a hobby! The best way to make money blogging is to subtly convince others to buy what you’re suggesting. And you can’t exactly convince someone to buy something that isn’t available. Most bloggers realize this quickly and forgo posting outfits featuring not-currently-selling items, whether this be no-longer-available retail purchases or pre-owned purchases. Its logical, and I did just that for a while. But I didn’t enjoy it. Everyone was buying the same items and posting the same (or similar) outfits. I felt like I was competing with “professional” bloggers, who, for some reason, always seemed to look 100x better than I looked in those exact same items. I didn’t actually want to wear most of the stuff I bought, so I felt like I needed to keep buying more (leading to a wardrobe full of stuff I didn’t want to wear). Pointless, huh? Don’t get me wrong, the extra money was nice. And if I can link an item I’ve bought or am wearing, I certainly will (like below!). But blogging isn’t my full-time job, and I don’t do it for money. I do it because I enjoy it!
There are some things that are totally worth buying pre-owned. I’ve found absolutely amazing deals on so many current-style maternity clothes (hence my inspiration to write this post). Especially designer jeans ($178 COH jeans for $60, $189 Paige jeans for $40, $265 AG jeans for $30…) and dresses ($88 Ingrid and Isabel dress for $20, $159 Isabella Oliver dress for $40…). If you know anyone who is struggling with the cost of maternity clothes, I’d definitely recommend at least trying eBay! There’s a similar theme for non-maternity clothes. Designer jeans are always easy to find and are super cheap. And the same goes for dresses (if you need a dress for an event, try eBay before a site like Rent-the-Runway… it’ll likely be as cheap or cheaper and you get to keep the dress). You can find good deals on lots of other stuff, too, but it can take some work.
I debated whether or not to talk about my pregnancy on this blog. On one hand, its a huge part of my life, and all I really do on this blog is blabber about whatever’s on my mind. On the other hand, most people aren’t currently pregnant, and likely couldn’t care less about my prego blabberings. So, I compromised (to myself…) and decided to do intermittent (monthly?) pregnancy updates. Honestly, I likely wouldn’t be successful with weekly updates anyway. So here we go.
Weight Gain: Assuming I started around 111lbs, I think I’ve gained about 7-8 lbs so far…
Diet & Exercise: I’m not crazy strict with myself about diet and exercise, but I’m not letting myself go, either. To be honest, I have body image issues to begin with, and I know those are unlikely to go away as pregnancy progresses. The easiest way for me to stay on track (at least right now) is to continue doing what I did before I got pregnant (because it was working!). Essentially, I try to make healthy food choices when I can, and I track everything I eat on the myfitnesspal app (adding calories per OB recommendations). It works, it just takes commitment. As for exercise, I’m still able to do my pre-pregnancy workouts (with the exception of crunches and such). They’re getting harder, but I’m not ready to give up on them just yet!
Maternity Clothes: I’m in the minority here, but I needed maternity clothes (especially for work!) before I even had a bump (I got wider before the bump grew outwards)! Little did I know how expensive maternity clothes were, and how hard it was to come by something decent! I first turned to J. Crew, who (thank goodness) didn’t let me down, despite their small collection. The Maternity Martie Pants seemed the most promising, and I didn’t hesitate to get myself a pair (on sale for $46!). I’d never tried the non-maternity Martie Pants, although now that I look at them I don’t know why not (they apparently come in cotton or wool and a ton of colors… they actually look quite lovely). Anyways, the Maternity Martie Pants were lifesavers. They fit beautifully in my regular J. Crew size (OP) and are perfect for work. I’ve worn them over and over (and they have room for growing). After that little success I turned my focus to eBay. I’ve mainly searched for maternity jeans (like the AG ones I’m wearing). I typically pay $30-50 per pair, which isn’t too bad considering the retail price for these things. I’ll start to search for dresses and shirts as the bump grows (either maternity or sized up non-maternity)
Rants: Just a few. First, back pain. I have been dealing with this for months and I think its finally starting to get better. Or I’m getting used to it? I dunno. Second rant is sleep, or lack thereof. It sort of goes along with the back pain, but not totally. Its just so hard to get comfortable! I think I need a pregnancy pillow or something. And a foley, because I have to get up to pee about 3-4 times per night. Maybe overactive kidneys and bladder is rant three.
Raves: I’m finally showing a bump! You can’t really tell in these pictures, but its there… just a little bit. I’ve finally had people comment on it, so I know its not just in my head. And my other rave (for now) is feeling her move. Yes, its a she! 🙂
Happy or Moody: I’m typically pretty darn happy. I sometimes struggle with stress and moodiness, but that has nothing to do with being pregnant.
Preparation: As for tangible preparation, I’ve done absolutely nothing. Instead, I’ve been working on… myself. You know, working towards being the “best version of myself.” That’s been a focus of mine for a long time, and its too complicated for this already-too-long post!
Looking forward to: Hmmm, lets see. We’re in the midst of house-hunting and I’m pretty excited about that! I’m also looking forward to starting some DIY projects, reading, blogging, cooking… you know, having hobbies again! Oh yes, and we have a mini-vacation coming up to California for a family wedding! So many things!!
Have a good week!