I’m still in denial that I’m in the third trimester (34 weeks!) and often at a loss as to what to wear. Feeling and seeing how my body has changed from week to week has been a wonderful thing. We all have our insecurities but I personally never feel as confident and beautiful as I do when I’m pregnant. It’s truly amazing what a woman’s body can do. Julian and I are always talking about how incredible it is to bring a new life into this world. Feeling our baby glide across my stomach and watching the look on Perry and Dylan’s eyes as they feel their little sibling kick is of one of the greatest joys I have ever experienced. I think it makes everything feel so real for them (and me).
All I need to say is “baby heart is kicking” and they run across the room and quickly place their little hands on my belly. When we first told them we were pregnant, they named the baby “baby heart” and I 100% believe they fully expect that will forever be the baby’s name. It always makes me smile to see how excited they are. I know how fleeting these moments are. I’m trying to make it a point to be present and truly appreciate the pregnancy without anxiously waiting for the next step.
A mental struggle
As expected, it hasn’t been all bliss this time around. This pregnancy hasn’t been without its complications and struggles. I’ve had periods where I couldn’t move without being in pain and had to rely on our amazing family to watch the kids. It’s been a mental struggle for me to not always be able to get on the floor and play with the kids like we normally do. I often feel like they’re missing out in some way. I’m so thankful to have Julian, who is supportive, loving and always makes me laugh when I’m thinking about everything that could go wrong in the next few months.
When I look back, I’m so grateful for everything my body has done to nourish this sweet baby. I’m getting emotional because we’re getting closer to my due date but I wanted to take the time to fully appreciate this time in our lives. I know I’ll look back on these posts one day when I’m up in the middle of the night or maybe even when my kids are teenagers and no longer want to give me morning wake up kisses. The pure joy and optimism of growing our family these past few years is not lost on me. But I digress. Back to third trimester fashion and what to wear.
What to wear in the third trimester
This weekend, Julian and I were getting ready to go out and he started laughing at me because I was wearing the same dress I wore the past three times we were out with friends. To be fair, it’s the perfect non-maternity maternity dress (and it’s on sale now for 25% off). Normally, I take every opportunity to wear something different or even the same item but styled in new ways. Unfortunately, that has become quite the challenge since nothing really fits anymore. Most of my days are spent in pajama shorts and Julian’s oversized sweaters. Luckily, I work from home now so it’s not too difficult. I’m reluctant to buy anything new so I’ve been getting creative with my outfits, while still maintaining my love for neutrals, of course.
My usual is a fitted midi dress, which I love while I have a baby bump. However, I usually stay away from this silhouette when not pregnant because it shows every little curve and bump in your midsection. Lately, i’ve been wearing comfortable swinging dresses with boots. There is plenty of room for growth and I know I’ll be wearing them postpartum too. Speaking of boots, I’m no longer able to comfortably take off the aforementioned boots. There is a lot of heavy breathing involved and everything takes way longer than it should so Julian has been helping me take off my shoes. It’s hilarious. 🙂
Overall, I’m enjoying these last few weeks of pregnancy. I haven’t done much to prepare for the baby but I did organize my entire kitchen. These are projects I have been postponing for years but now I need them done ASAP. That includes organizing our kitchen cabinets (is there any other way to prepare for a baby?) and everyday things like house chores, planning blog posts, work stuff, etc. I’m enjoying it while it lasts. I’ve also been sleeping better so that has helped tremendously.
We’re so excited to meet our little baby and find out if it’s a boy or a girl. In the meantime, I’ll be snacking on sumo oranges and make myself a bowl of pelmeni (Russian dumplings).