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 Gingham shirt: Old Navy; Red shirt/pants/necklace: F21; Leopard shoes: Target

Here's a little pregnancy flashback.  Janssen had inspired me with this adorable board.  I loved the gingham paired with the leopard and the bright colors, but I decided to invert it a little since it was still too hot for a cardigan.

I ended up loving the look of the open button-down; it has the same streamlining and lengthening effect of a long cardi or vest, but with a little less bulk.  I also summerized it a little more with some brighter tones and a more casual necklace and loved how it turned out.  So thanks, Janssen!

(I spy...a shoe switch.  We walked all around the zoo that morning, so the Saltwaters were definitely needed for comfort.)

Oh, and today was fortuitously an animal print link-up at Marionberry Style!

Due Date

Skirt: Ann Taylor Outlet; Cardi: Target; Necklace: c/o Eclectic Ornaments (giveaway to come!); Wedges: Target; Babies: made by me (and husband)

I am SO HAPPY for fall.  And mustard.

Some assorted thoughts (doesn't assorted sound better than random?  assorted makes you think variety!: good.  random makes you think variety: bad):

- Even though every one tells you not to worry about this, one of my biggest worries was loving this new baby as much as Nat.  This was especially true because while I, of course, loved Nat from the start, I feel like it took me a few weeks or months to get super ridiculously mama bear attached.  And then something happened and it clicked.  So I was concerned it would take a little while with this new little person around.  Well, I needn't have worried because one thing about having an older child is it totally prepares your heart in a way that you couldn't be prepared the first time around.  Weird as it sounds, I feel so much more ready to love a child this time.

- I seriously cannot make it a whole night without a snack.  Especially near the end of pregnancy, I don't feel particularly hungry since there's not much room left in there.  I'd forgotten how nursing makes it so that I'm constantly ravenous.

- Speaking of, I'd also forgotten how newborns eat all. the. time.

- It's amazing how Nat seems positively HUGE all of a sudden.  He's practically a grown man.  He not only seems physically big (hilarious as he's spent the majority of his life practically not even on the weight charts), but mature and independent and social.  We can have a conversation!  He can tell me what he needs!  In words!

- Several kind people have asked me if we're getting enough sleep.  To that I say, of course!  At this point, anyway, in the super-new stage and until Dan goes back to work (at which point I may well go crying to my mom and beg her to come stay with me all day every day).  I feel like this is the easier time to get rest - the baby pretty much only sleeps and eats, anyway.  You just have to be willing to dedicate more of your life to getting that sleep.  With Nat, we would literally be in bed for 10-12 hours each night so even if we had to wake up in the middle, we would still get a decent amount of sleep, just spread over a longer stretch.  Since Nat sleeps for 11-12 hours each night and naps for 2-3 hours each afternoon, that's totally still possible.  We're a little committed to sleep over here.  I'm also not turning my nose up at that glorious 6-hour stretch last night.

- Recovery is so much easier this time.  I don't know if it's because of it being the second or the quick labor & delivery or the lack of epidural, but I'll take it.  We ventured on our first outing on Saturday (to the National Book Festival) and it was so nice to be out and about.  (Nat was also in heaven...books to read in cushy chairs and music and Legos and stuffed toys and coloring and a big truck and the Cat in the Hat??  Win.)

- Speaking of a big truck, Nat got to watch part of his very first movie this week while we were lounging at home.  Cars was a huge hit, to say the least.  Tears were only narrowly avoided when we turned it off by the reading of many books.

- Going back to the first thought of the first child preparing your heart - I felt this way during pregnancy, too.  I remember people asking if my second pregnancy was as exciting as my first, and wanting to tell them, it's way MORE exciting!  Nat taught me just how incredible (and hard) being a mom really is, so I felt like I was looking forward to this baby even more.  Having him makes me mourn each passing stage a little less because I know just what to look forward to.  I'm not super sad that the first week has already gone by because I know how fun almost-2 will be.

- Speaking of Nat, he's handled his new baby sister so much better than I ever would've dared hope.  He's for sure a mama's boy, so I was worried he would feel slighted with Carina's arrival.  But he's been so sweet about it and has bonded even more with his dad in the last few days, which has been wonderful.  He's been great about just sitting next to me and reading books while I'm feeding her and waving at her and helping out in little ways.  I can't wait to see their friendship develop.

- And with that, I'm going to go finally retrieve my older child, the one who decided to wake up after just 10 hours of sleep.  Oh, was that me you saw speaking too soon and not knocking on wood?

Oh, and some pictures from the Book Festival:

Giveaway Winner + Some Pictures

So I know I'm a little late on posting the giveaway winner slash was a little delinquent in the reminders.  Sorry.  Can I compensate with cute baby pictures?

Congratulations, Lauren!!

And a few pictures.  Just for fun. :)

"Baby sleeping!"
Gift from new baby sister
Already building the neck muscles



Born September 17th at 11:40am after 10 whirlwind minutes of pushing.  6lbs, 5oz and 20.5" long.  More details to come!

Change of Plans

Last night, I was all set to do a 39 week brain dump today.  An overshare of my excitement and worries, of how I'm actually due on a Monday and not a Tuesday like I've thought for so many weeks, of my thoughts during this last week of pregnancy.

And then this morning, my water broke.

I'm still at home waiting for contractions to get more frequent.  But I'll keep you posted on when this little lady arrives.  We can't wait to meet her.

Un-Bump Friendly

Button Down: Downeast (stolen from husband); Tee: F21; Skirt: Banana Republic; Necklace: Sister's; Belt: Old; Sandals: Target

This was one of those outfits that seemed to look better in my mind's eye than in real life.  I didn't hate it; it just works less well with a bump than it would've otherwise, I think.  Just too many layers and shifting and not sitting right over my belly.  Plus, a white silk skirt requires way too much caution.  I much preferred the next day's outfit that was the ultimate in comfort and required zero adjustment...stay tuned.  Just call me mysterious.

Purple Grape

Dress: old...I can't remember where and it's in the wash; Scarf: India; Necklace: F21; Sandals: Target

I wore this dress all the time the last time I was pregnant, but seem to have completely forgotten about it this time.  Do you ever do that?  Forget about articles of clothing?  I've also never been a huge fan of myself in purple, but perhaps I'm warming up to it?

Also, wearing a scarf as a belt?  So much more comfortable than an actual belt.  Why do I not do this all the time?  Moral of the story: remember to use scarves for everything.  You will not regret it.

GIVEAWAY REMINDER! Don't forget to enter to win some baby boy suspenders (or a neck tie or bow tie)!

Janorts + Vest

Shirt: Shade; Vest: thrifted; Shorts: Old; Owl Necklace: F21; Shoes: Saltwaters
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I cut the legs off some pants to make these shorts last summer when jorts* were getting big again.  Dan thought they were called janorts.  We still call them that and I almost corrected someone when she said jorts the other day.  That was a much better story in my head.

*I tried to put in a link but urban dictionary was vaguely inappropriate.  Wikipedia has a brief description...?  Although if I know what jorts are, it's unlikely that anyone else doesn't so this is probably a moot point...


GIVEAWAY REMINDER!  Don't forget to enter to win some baby boy suspenders (or a neck tie/bow tie)!

Baby Boy Suspenders Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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As you've probably gathered, I have a serious love for little boy accessories.  Little boy clothes can be super cute, but sadly, there just isn't that much selection (do you hear that, baby clothes-making people?).  But throw in some suspenders and/or a bow tie and you have a serious heart breaker on your hands.  Despite his in-desperate-need-of-a-cut hair...I promise I'm getting on that.  Like, tonight.
The very sweet Kristina at kbpdesigns sent me these suspenders and I could not be more thrilled.  Seriously, I think our church friends are getting sick of them because I've put Nat in them so many times.  I'm excited to try dressing them down with jeans, too.

She's offering a bow tie, neck tie, or pair of suspenders to one reader in the size and color of your choice.  To enter:
  • Follow lace, etc. & leave a comment
  • Optional for ONE additional entry - Blog, tweet or facebook this giveaway and leave a second comment with the link
 Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 18th at 11:59pm EDT.  (Giveaway closed.  See winner here!)

If you just can't wait to get something cute, Kristina's offering readers 10% off with the code BLOGGERFIND.  Good luck and happy boy dressing!

Transitioning to Fall

Cardi: Target; Skirt: Shabby Apple; Earrings: gift from friend; Scarf: India; Belt: Old; Shoes: Steve Madden Girl
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This weekend, we went camping at Cunningham Falls State Park, and it was delightful.  There was definitely not as much water as in that picture, but there was a lovely (and short) walk to a little falls and Nat was a little obsessed ("hike to waterfall?" about a million times over).  We cooked delicious food and made s'mores (of which Nat took one bite and decided he was done...after eating 2 full chickpea burgers...who is this child?) and read books.  I didn't even need to stumble my bleary-eyed way to the bathroom in the middle of the night (although Dan did...this amuses me far more than it should)!

The weather was also gorgeous - it's finally cooling off here and yesterday, it actually felt like fall.  I was maybe a little bit giddy and when we were driving up on Friday, perhaps reached over and grabbed Dan's (still not-entirely-healed) wrist excitedly and without thinking in remembrance of TJ's soon-to-arrive spiced apple cider...oops.  But still.  Seriously excited.

I, of course, had to wear a somewhat fallish outfit yesterday, so I broke out the mustard cardi and threw it together with a summery skirt.  Have I mentioned how much I adore this time of year?

PS - Feel free to still give me some outfit inspiration over here.  I need it.

PPS - Stay tuned for a baby giveaway tomorrow!

Linking up with Modern Modest BeautyWatch out for the Woestmans and The Pleated Poppy